Hearn Asks Higgins About Parker’s Lack Of Competition
During a duel interview with Sky Sports, following the announcement of the heavyweight unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker, Eddie Hearn asked Parker’s promoter David Higgins about his champion’s self described “granite chin.”
“David talks about Parker’s granite chin,” said Hearn, Joshua’s promoter. “But let’s be honest, who’s he been hit by? He’s never been hit by the speed or the power of Anthony Joshua.”
Hearn reminded Higgins, who along with Parker attacked the chin of Joshua, that Parker is taking a significant step up in competition from those the WBO heavyweight champion has faced since winning the title.
Higgins, one not to hold his tongue, questioned Joshua’s mental toughness because of how he perceives Joshua’s responses to he and his client criticizing his chin. Hearn assured Higgins that Joshua’s psyche is in no way damaged.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Hearn continued.
“I’ve never seen Anthony Joshua rattled. You wanna talk about mental strength – to go out in your hometown and win Olympic gold [in 2012], to walk out in front of 90,000 at Wembley and take on Wladimir Klitschko and unify the division [on April 29], to get off the deck, to have your tank emptied and just to come through with immense heart and skill and will, don’t worry about Anthony Joshua’s toughness.”
Following nearly two months of negotiations between Hearn and Higgins, the heavyweight title unification bout between England’s Joshua, the IBF/IBO/WBA champ, and Parker was officially announced Sunday. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday at Principality Stadium in Cardiff.
Higgins built an entire promotional campaign during negotiations with Hearn, built around Joshua being knockdown “at least half a dozen times,” while Parker had never been down as an amateur or as a professional.
“It’s been great to work with David,” Hearn said.
“He’s very entertaining. And I’m looking forward to the buildup. We have a press conference on Tuesday. They’ve done a good job to just get under the skin of Anthony Joshua, and I’m not sure if that’s a good thing for Joseph Parker.”