Anthony Joshua & Joseph Parker Close To Confirming Fight
Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight unification fight against Joseph Parker of New Zealand is poised to be confirmed.
The Nigerian born, Joshua will put his WBA (Super) and IBF titles on the line against Parker, who has been the WBO champion since beating Andy Ruiz via a majority decision in December 2016.
Reports suggest the fight will take place on 31 March, at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium
Joshua then plans to challenge WBC holder Deontay Wilder – no fighter has held all four belts simultaneously.
The two men are now expected to come face to face next week, with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn this week promising fireworks after Parker and Higgins aimed a string of critical comments at Joshua.
“I was bantering with David Higgins yesterday. They truly believe they knock Anthony Joshua out. It’s not even in question for them,” he told Sky Sports.
“We feel otherwise. You’re going to see a lot of fireworks this press conference. David Higgins has got a lot to say for himself, he’s a funny character, and Anthony Joshua doesn’t like what Joseph Parker has been saying.
“This could be the first time we’ve seen the switch of Anthony Joshua, and I’m excited to see it.”
During lengthy talks towards the end of last year, the main stumbling block had been the splitting of proceeds – but agreement was reached and 25-year-old Parker will earn between 30-35%.
Joshua defended his two titles against Carlos Takam on 29 October at the Principality Stadium.