Hearn Has Three Dates For Joshua-Parker

Eddie Hearn is hoping to finally close a deal for a highly anticipated unification between WBA, IBO, IBF champion Anthony Joshua and WBO champion Joseph Parker.

The two sides are looking to close the biggest divide that has stalled a deal, the financial split each fighter was to earn for the fight. The original split pitched by Parker and promoter David Higgins was a 50-50 split, but it went quickly to 60-40, and now Parker’s team have made it clear they are holding firm on 65-35 to make the fight happen.

Hearn is scouting several potential dates in the months of March and April, with numerous venues under consideration.

“We’re getting there. As AJ says, he wants the belts, he wants to be the undisputed king of the division. That’s the aim, and to do that he has to win two belts,” Hearn tells Sky Sports.

“We’re looking at March 24, March 31 and April 7 as potential dates for his next fight, with various different venues in London and Wales, even other venues and cities around Europe as well.

“We want that unification fight, we’re close to a deal with Parker – it’s not done yet but we hope over the Christmas period, the turkey will get put to one side and we’ll work to get that done. Hopefully we’ll be in position to announce that early in 2018.”

Either champion who walks out the winner will be set to face WBC champion Deontay Wilder, if Wilder is able to defeat Luis Ortiz.

The big issue in making Joshua vs. Wilder is the financial split. Wilder wants an even 50-50 split for the Joshua clash.

“AJ is that Willy Wonka fight – the golden ticket, the one everybody wants. A lot of people are talking ‘I want this, I want that’ but if you really want it be realistic and come get it,” Hearn said.

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