Higgins: Joshua-Parker Depends On Money

According to David Higgins, Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker are ready to fight each other in a heavyweight title unification clash early next year, but the finances have to be right for both boxers.

Higgins when talking to reporters in New Zealand said that talks are underway.


“Eddie Hearn and I have exchanged emails… My message was Joe would fight Joshua next and Hearn’s message was that Joshua would fight Parker next. It’s now a question of the deal and money.”

Higgins said if they were able to agree to a fight it would probably be in March or April of 2018/

Higgins also claims that he has been talking with WBC heavyweight champion, Deontay Wilder’s camp. Wilder defeated Bermane Stiverne via first round knockout in New York last Saturday, and then accused Joshua of ‘dodging’ a showdown.

“They have put a figure on the table. It wasn’t enough… If they put the right amount of money on the table we will go to America to fight Wilder.”

British media have reported that Joshua had indicated he would like to fight Wilder by the middle of 2018.

Parker’s trainer, Kevin Barry, said he was keen to get the 25-year-old in the ring as soon as possible against Joshua.

If the Joshua bout did not come off then Parker could fight unbeaten Australian Lucas Browne instead, Higgins said.

“We have been in talks for a few weeks with his promoters… There is no deal. We have loosely agreed terms and principles … and it is possible if we decide it is the best option.”

Barry said Parker would now enter a training camp in Auckland before heading back to Las Vegas in mid-January.

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