Venue Secured for Parker-Joshua
U.K. Tabloids, The Daily Mail and The Sun have reported that Principality Stadium will be the home of the nearly finalized heavyweight title unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. The Stadium was long rumored to be the home of the March 31st clash between the two champions, and was the home of Joshua’s most recent victory over mandatory challenger Carlos Takam.
The two papers also stated that Parker is to be in the United Kingdom by Thursday to attend a press conference to officially announce his fight against Joshua. Parker’s promoter, David Higgins, left for England for a meeting with Joshua’s promoter, Eddier Hearn on Monday to finalize a deal for their fight.
Both fighters are undefeated with Joshua at 20-0 and holding the IBF, IBO and WBA titles, while Parker holds a record of 24-0 and the WBO title.
After intense and very public negotiations, Parker will receive roughly a third of the purse split, and nearly 67 percent for Joshua.
The Daily Mirror reported Monday that the 6-feet-6, 250-pound Joshua will be paid roughly £15 million (approximately $20.3 million) for fighting Parker. The Sun reported Parker’s purse will approach £7 million (nearly $9.5 million).
The 6-feet-4, 245-pound Parker, who’ll turn 26 on Tuesday, will box in the United Kingdom for a second straight fight. In his last fight, Parker posted a controversial majority-decision win over his mandatory challenger, previously unbeaten Brit Hughie Fury (20-1, 10 KOs), on September 23 in Manchester, England.