Hearn Calls Parker-Joshua A Legacy Fight
Promoter for IBF, WBA, IBO heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, Eddie Hearn, says the likely showdown with WBO champion Joseph Parker is a major fight in the sport.
As discussions continue between Matchroom Boxing and DUCO Promotions, the date of March 31st has been tagged as grabbing the fight, and Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales is being pushed as the venue for the heavyweight unification match.
Hearn views the contest as being a legacy fight for both of the undefeated boxers.
“Champions should be fighting champions, it’s as simple as that. This is a very, very big fight. This is a legacy fight. Anthony wants to be the undisputed champion of the world, so this is a very important step to do that,” Hearn said to Stuff.
“It’s a unified title fight between two young, fast, dangerous, unbeaten heavyweight world champions, so to do it in an arena and not a stadium, I’d get lynched.”
“It’s my job and David Higgins’ job to maximise the revenue for the fighters. My gut feeling is it will be outdoors in the UK.”
Both promoters reached a deal on the revenue split last week, with Parker getting between 30-35% and Joshua gaining around 65-70% of the financial pot.
Joshua is coming off the biggest year of his career, when drew 90,000 to Wembley in London for his career-defining stoppage win over Wladimir Klitschko in April. And then in October, 78,000 people flocked to Principality to watch Joshua gain a stoppage win over a game Carlos Takam in the tenth round.
Parker did not reach the same heights of his counterpart with his 2017 performances. He fought to a twelve round decision over Razvan Cojanu in May. And then in September, Parker came over to Manchester to win a twelve round decision over undefeated mandatory challenger Hughie Fury, both fights lacking the kind of action that fans were expecting or demanding from a heavyweight title clash.
While Parker’s last two fights lacked fireworks, a fight with Joshua will have plenty of action as both boxers are promising to win by knockout.