Hearn: Joshua vs. Parker is Possible
IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will be for what could be the fight of his life on April 29, when he faces Wladimir Klitschko for the vacant WBA heavyweight championship at Wembley Stadium in London. But, with Joshua’s next scheduled bout to take place in November or December should he beat Klitschko, what happens if Joshua manages to pull off the victory?
Well, according to promoter Eddie Hearn, it could end up being another big bout among star heavyweights — Joshua vs. WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker. Parker is next scheduled to defend the WBO title against Hughie Fury on May 6 at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand. As long as he wins, as expected, Parker and Joshua could meet in a big title unification bout.
"We [would] have two belts," Hearn told the New Zealand Herald. "We want all the belts and Joseph Parker has one. You have Deontay Wilder [the WBC heavyweight champion] and you have Parker. I think the match-up, style-wise, between Parker and Joshua is exciting. If he can come through Hughie Fury, we can look at a potential unification fight [for three of the four major belts] later in the year."
According to Hearn, a successful title defense against Fury could bring wonders to Parker. Parker and Joshua’s potential match-up could bring in many viewers because, Hearn feels, their styles gel together for the perfect contest.
"People want to see knockouts. Parker is a similar type of fighter to Anthony Joshua," Hearn said. "He’s young, athletic and explosive, and that’s what people want to see. They don’t want to see 12 rounds of exhibitions [with] people grabbing and holding. They want to see fighters who let their hands go. Joshua and Parker do that.
"The Brit in me wants to see Hughie Fury do the business. But the promoter in me looks at a potential match-up between Joshua and Parker, and I can’t help but lick my lips."
With four of Wilder’s five title defenses taking place in the U.S., some feel a bout featuring Wilder may not draw as well as Parker vs. Joshua would from a global financial perspective. The Herald states luring money from the big US television networks is understood to have been difficult.
The big heavyweight title collision on April 29 between Joshua and Klitschko is expected to bring in at least $50 million in revenue.