April 23, 2018

Joshua, Parker Heavyweight Title Fight Set To Be Announced

13 January 2018, 11:49 | Joan Schultz

Anthony Joshua is looking to seal a deal to take on Joseph Parker later this year

Anthony Joshua is looking to seal a deal to take on Joseph Parker later this year

Parker (24-0, 18 KOs), who hasn't fought since his majority decision win over Hughie Fury in September 2017, will be defending his WBO strap while also bidding to claim Joshua's IBF and WBA belts.

The bout is thought to take place on March 31st at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

However progress was made shortly before the new year, with Parker's co-promoter David Higgins revealing that his boxer had accepted between 30 to 35 per cent of the purse.

The contract is expected to be signed and a statement will then be released by the fighters' respective promoters, Matchroom Boxing and Duco Events.

The emergence of Joshua, following his exploits of winning gold at the 2012 London Olympics, meant a real possibility of the championships once again going to one man.

"I was bantering with David Higgins yesterday".

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"We think Joshua's style is ideal for Joseph Parker, and is the sort of guy that Parker can - and will - knock out".

"We're excited about Joshua", Higgins told Behind the Gloves.

American puncher Deontay Wilder holds the WBC title and will be the next target for whoever comes out on top when Joshua and Parker go head-to-head in the United Kingdom this spring.

"AJ wants all the belts and Parker is the flawless fight, the ideal time", said Hearn.

The two world champions are close to agreeing terms on a unification bout.

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