Parker Demands A-Side Against Usyk
With signs indicating that he and Oleksandr Usyk will be fighting for a vacant WBO world heavyweight championship, Joseph Parker’s team demands to be the A-Side.
Parker’s manager David Higgins expects a 70-30 split for the former champion if current champion Anthony Joshua is stripped of the title if he decides to fight IBF mandatory Kubrat Pulev.
“Usyk has not earned his stripes at heavyweight,” Higgins told Sky Sports. “Joseph Parker is the A-side and Joseph Parker has sold out the Principality Stadium with Joshua, he’s sold out The O2, with Whyte.
“He’s the A-side and so if Usyk wants to share the ring with Parker, I would be expecting 70-30 open book revenue share in Parker’s favour. I’ll get ridiculed for that, but listen, Parker has beaten Andy Ruiz, he’s sold out the Principality and the O2 and he’s a big name in the UK, so Usyk is the B-side.”
“Absolutely Joe would fight him, as long as the Usyk team recognise and understand that they are the B-side, there’s no problem,” Higgins continued.
“In case it turns out that the WBO title is vacant, Usyk will be happy to fight for it,” Usyk’s promoter Alexander Krassyuk explained. “And Joseph Parker is the highest available contender.”
“There’s a saying that styles make fights,” said Higgins. “I think Joseph Parker has a better chance against Usyk than say Anthony Joshua. I think Usyk would dissect Anthony Joshua, too big and slow, whereas Parker is quick. We haven’t seen the best of Joseph yet.
“It’s a very good fight and we really respect their team, but we are the A-side, and as long as they are willing to accept a small percentage of the revenue, then there might be a deal.”
“Joe is focused only on the fight in front of him, which is the 29th of February,” said Higgins of his fighter’s return to the ring on the Mikey Garcia-Jessie Vargas undercard. “He’s got to win that. He should win it, he’s in great shape, and if he does, and this becomes realistic then we’re at the table. Joseph Parker will be absolutely willing and ready to take on Oleksandr Usyk.”