Parker Promoter Calls Joshua Soft
On Wednesday, David Higgins, the promoter of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker will be holding a press conference to make a final stand with Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua. Higgins believes IBF, IBO, WBA champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) is “more hype and glamour than substance.”
Higgins is currently negotiating with Eddie Hearn, promoter of Joshua, to reach an agreement for a first quarter showdown in 2018. The fight, if done, would likely land on a date in March or April.
Per an email from DUCO promotions, a press conference is scheduled for Wednesday, and that media members “…be advised, in the wake of fresh negotiations overnight between David Higgins and Eddie Hearn, there has been a change to today’s media session.”
Initially, Higgins claimed Hearn was offering an 80-20 deal in terms of the financials, which didn’t sit very well with Parker.
Higgins then held ground, asking for a 60-40 split in favor of Joshua, but recently Parker has stated that he’s willing to take 35% of the pot to make the fight happen.
During Wednesday’s press conference, Higgins will lay out the final non-negotiable position for a unification bout between Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua.
Higgins believes Joshua is overhyped and will crumble when matched against the top names at heavyweight.
“There is a lot of hype and glamour. But we believe Joshua will fold at unification level like England fail to reach World Cup finals.”
Also listed in the media release was a mention of a “Video of Joshua getting repeatedly dropped” which is to be distributed to media members.
The other option for Parker would be a unification with WBC world champion Deontay Wilder, who earlier this month demolished Bermane Stiverne in the first round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
But Higgins feels Wilder is the more superior fighter and the more dangerous fight. He feels that Joshua has a “glass jaw” and is by far the more winnable contest because of that.
“People have been asking why we don’t make a unification fight with Deontay Wilder. For us it’s simple: Anthony Joshua is the softer of the two,” Higgins said.