Hearn says Fury priced out of Joshua fight, Parker now favourite
Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn says Joseph Parker is the new favourite to fight Anthony Joshua in November following reports of an offer made to Hughie Fury for the Manchester fight.
According to father Peter, undefeated Hughie was handed an unexpected shot at the world title but was then priced out of the fight by his team, leading to Hearn switching his attention the mandatory-ranked New Zealander.
“Is Hughie Fury the right fight? It’s a domestic fight. Obviously, it’s got the back story – or the future story with Tyson Fury,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“We bounced some numbers around and we’re light years away from expectancy levels from both sides. I think that’s unlikely.
“If they want to take the fight, they are looking to cash in beyond their value, and I understand that. I can’t see that one happening on November 26.”
On Parker, Hearn added: “Joseph Parker is there and the plan was to build the Parker fight over here. I think that’s a huge fight, but as time goes on, Joseph Parker looks like he will be the man.
“Obviously he’s fighting Dimitrenko next Saturday. All being well, I think Joseph Parker will be the guy for November 26.
“We’ve got a few things to tie up, but their team are relatively easy to work with. We don’t have a deal in place, but we have the basis of a deal in place that I think can work for everybody.”
Parker had been lined up to face David Price in the co-feature bout on the Joshua card, although a new opponent will have to be found for the former British champion for what could turn out to be a final eliminator for the world title.