Bob Arum Agrees With Parker On 35% Split
Following Joseph Parker and Duco Events press conference and a response from Eddie Hearn, Wednesday. Duco Events has sent out another press release reiterating a 65-35% split for a possible fight between Parker and WBF & IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
In the update sent to FIGHT SPORTS on Thursday, David Higgins claims that Matchroom is amenable to this idea…
“We’ve said all along that a 35-65 per cent was both fair – and our bottom line… Now it seems that Eddie is pretty close to agreeing with us. That’s very encouraging.”
Eddie Hearn replied to the press conference on Wednesday and claimed some of the inferences from David Higgins, the head of DUCO are laughable, including the bounty of £20,000 set by Higgins for footage of anyone knocking down Anthony Joshua.
“We’ve put a sizeable bounty out there for anyone who can produce evidence that Joseph Parker has ever been knocked down, and we haven’t heard boo from anybody. That offer still stands, by the way.”
“We’ve actually had another two more people contact us in the last 24 hours saying they have also footage of A.J. being flattened… That brings the total to seven. We’re still looking into these latest claims, but they do seem credible. It’s no wonder Glass Jaw Joshua doesn’t want to take a chance on getting in the ring with Joseph Parker – a genuine world champion who has never been knocked down at any level in his life.”
Bob Arum, has made it clear that he agrees with the idea of a 65-35% split in favor of Joshua, claiming in an interview that.
“I’ve been in this sport for decades and I can tell you that in a unification fight like this that split is more than fair… “Joshua has two belts and Parker has one – so 65-35 is about right. I can’t see why Eddie Hearn doesn’t see it as reasonable.”
Continuing his comments, Arum claims there must be heavyweight unification for the betterment of the sport.
“The fact is this is a fight that simply must happen,” Arum said. “The world is desperate to see the heavyweight titles unified. This is the first step towards that happening. It will be a massive, massive fight. I just hope Eddie and David can come to an agreement because this fight needs to happen for the good of boxing.”