Higgins: Parker-Joshua At 100K Seat Camp Nou Possible
With Wembley Stadium potentially not an option for a unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker, back up options have begun to materialize for the title fight.
While the 02 Arena has been considered, many including Eddie Hearn believe that Joshua is a stadium act and not an arena act. Hearn has put a premium on a stadium hosting this and any other fight including Anthony Joshua in the coming year.
Joshua’s last venue, The Principality Stadium in Cardiff and Twickenham have both been touted as potential venues, but Parker’s promoter David Higgins has another idea.
Higgins, the founder and director of Duco Events who promote Parker, has now suggested that the fight may be held at Camp Nou, which has a capacity of 99,000.
On Wednesday, Eddie Hearn stated that a deal to fight Parker could “be in place within the next week or so”.
“The reason I threw Barcelona out there, is because I know the English love to go to Spain and there will be a lot of expats in Spain,” Higgins told Sky Sports.
“It’s a short flight. That stadium is massive. They’re not in need of tourists, they probably think they have too many, but if it’s off the main tourist season then as an economic thing, it would stack up.”
“A lot of English would go for a week in Spain. I’m throwing it out there as a possibility, without having any discussions with them.”
“Like I said, we have got a track record. The Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao fight delivered a massive economic return and was seen I think as a wise investment.”
Higgins added that Joshua’s camp have asked for a rematch clause to be inserted into the contract.
“They said it was the bottom line, the rematch clause, and if Joseph had been flattened 10 times, I too would ask for a rematch clause,” he added.
“Joshua does have big commercial pull, so they have every right to expect a bigger share of the pie, which we are giving them, and a rematch clause.”
“We have confidence in our guy Parker and his chin. We think he wins.”