Parker Demands 35% To Fight Joshua

On Wednesday, Joseph Parker and his promoter David Higgins held a press conference which streamed live via the Duco Promotions’ Facebook page.

In the press conference, the team laid out the terms they are demanding from Eddie Hearn to ensure a fight with Anthony Joshua in the first quarter of 2018.

The Duco team has moved from asking for 40% of net profit to a 35% stake, which they claim is in good faith. They have also asked for an open book revenue share between Duco and Matchroom.

Following the press conference, DUCO sent a bulleted breakdown of the press conference, with one section outlying why they will stay at 35%.

WHY ANYHTING(sic) LESS THAN 35% FOR PARKER IS A DISGRACE?

  • Joshua has two of the major belts, Parker has one of the major belts
  • Unification happens maybe once every ten years and has special value
  • Kids around the world dream of becoming heavyweight champion and setting their families up for life
  • Joseph Parker is a genuine world champion and has earned the right to a fair purse and a respectable 35% share of an historic unification bout
  • Joshua has stated repeatedly he wants to unify the heavyweight division this year
  • If they are sincere then Edie (sic) Hearn needs to make a fight with Parker or Wilder
  • If Joshua takes a hand-picked voluntary it will be embarrassing for Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn
  • It would prove that for Joshua and Hearn its more about money than unifying the division
  • A unification bout is triple the size of a voluntary on every measure because it has the three magic ingredients
    Parochialism: England vs New Zealand, could go either wayStars: our job is to build Parker’s profile in the UK

    Perceived competition: credibility of two unbeaten champions

The Duco team also stated that they are negotiating with Lucas Browne and have a conditional contract nearly in place as a backup opponent, and will attempt to have Parker fight in China and/or Russia in 2018.

One major focus from Parker’s team was the supposed “Glass Jaw” of Anthony Joshua. The Duco team released a video that featured former sparring partners and opponents who claim that they’ve knocked Joshua down, as well as highlights of Joshua being knocked down by Wladimir Klitschko, and a tweet from Tyson Fury betting £ 5,000 on Parker would knockout Joshua.

You can watch the video and read the Duco notes below.


 

UPDATE ON TEAM PARKER 

  • We are entering a conditional contract with Lucas Browne as we speak
  • We still have lucrative offers from China and Russia in the works
  • If Joshua is willing to unify on fair terms then Parker fights him

FINAL BOTTOM LINE POSITION FOR JOSHUA PARKER UNIFICATION

  • Behind the scenes negotiations with Eddie Hearn are continuing
  • Team Parker have met and will categorically state we will only unify if:
  1. The deal must be open book revenue share
  2. In good faith we have moved down from our opening 40% position
  3. This demonstrates we genuinely want to unify and will put it all on the line
  4. Our revised non-negotiable bottom line is 35% of net profit

WHY ANYHTING LESS THAN 35% FOR PARKER IS A DISGRACE?

  • Joshua has two of the major belts, Parker has one of the major belts
  • Unification happens maybe once every ten years and has special value
  • Kids around the world dream of becoming heavyweight champion and setting their families up for life
  • Joseph Parker is a genuine world champion and has earned the right to a fair purse and a respectable 35% share of an historic unification bout
  • Joshua has stated repeatedly he wants to unify the heavyweight division this year
  • If they are sincere then Edie(sic) Hearn needs to make a fight with Parker or Wilder
  • If Joshua takes a hand-picked voluntary it will be embarrassing for Anthony Joshua and Eddie Hearn
  • It would prove that for Joshua and Hearn its more about money than unifying the division
  • A unification bout is triple the size of a voluntary on every measure because it has the three magic ingredients:
  1. Perceived competition: credibility of two unbeaten champions
  2. Parochialism: England vs New Zealand, could go either way
  3. Stars: our job is to build Parker’s profile in the UK

 

So even if Hearn and Joshua only care about the money they will still make more unifying because:

  1. Unification is triple the size of a voluntary, a true once a decade global event
  2. Therefore the “pie” is much bigger
  3. And we are offering Hearn and Joshua 65% of every big pie
  4. If they take the weak option and go for voluntary they are choosing to grab  80% or 90% of a very small pie
  5. A voluntary would lack any credibility after their stated desire to unify

WHY PARKER BEATS JOSHUA

  • Parker has a granite chin whereas Joshua may have a glass jaw
  • Joshua has been dropped numerous times
  • It’s the worst keep secret in British boxing but no one really talks about to much
  • Perhaps because Hearn and Joshua are quite powerful in the sport
  • It’s like the emperors new clothes

 

  • We are going to name some of the many people who have dropped Anthony Joshua
  • There is no disrespect here as all footage is already in the public domain
  • The only thing disrespectful is Hearn and Joshua’s lowball offer
  • We are simply highlighting one of Joshua’s major weaknesses, namely his chin;
  • Names who have dropped Joshua include:
  1. Lawrence Okolie
  2. Mihai Nistor
  3. Daniel Dubois
  4. Wladimir Klitschko
  5. David Price
  6. Dillian Whyte

 

  • There are bound to be more people who have dropped Joshua
  • So our first offer to UK fans is send us proof that you also dropped Joshua and we’ll send you a gift

IN CONTRAST: PARKER’S GRANITE CHIN

  • Parker is the opposite to Joshua because he has granite chin
  • Joseph Parker has never been dropped
  • Ever, as an amateur, a professional or in sparring
  • And he has beaten hard men like Carlos Takam and Andy Ruiz
  • So our second offer is to Anthony Joshua fans:
  • Be the first to send us proof that Joseph Parker has been dropped and we will send you bank cheque for 10,000 British pounds and Joseph Parker will match it with another 10,000
  • Our job is to show British fans Joseph Parker is a genuine world champion, that Joshua cant unify without Parker
  • To Joshua: “for the opportunity to test your chin, we’ll let you keep 65% of the profit, there are no excuses”

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