Hearn confirms Parker / Wilder talks: ‘Joshua wants undisputed status in 2018’
Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already spoken to Joseph Parker’s representative and plans to do similar with Deontay Wilder’s team later this week.
Big noise has been coming from camps of ‘the other’ world champions as both target a massive paycheck against Joshua in a UK blockbuster next year.
On the back of Wilder making some choice comments about Joshua in the media and Parker holding a press conference to announce his intentions, Hearn has spoken out to reveal unifications are at the forefront of the three-belt title holder’s mind.
“I’m sitting down with Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon (Wilder team) later this week to have our first conversations regarding Joshua vs Wilder,” Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports.
“Like all these big fights it’s never easy but hopefully we can find somewhere between reality and fantasy that suits all.
“I had a good meeting with AJ (yesterday, and) it’s his goal to try and become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world by the close of 2018 so, at present, to do that we must go through Parker and Wilder.
“I spoke to David Higgins (Parker’s promoter) and we are discussing the deal and fight in depth over the next few days to see if there is some common ground,” he added.
The ‘common ground’ Hearn speaks of is almost certainly Parker and Wilder accepting whatever purse they deem fit for a Sky Sports Box Office event, with further PPV revenue around the world (US or New Zealand) to be addressed.
Parker and Wilder are obviously angling for a 50-50 split, but with Joshua’s mighty pulling power in UK stadiums, it’s hard to see how either of the one-belt rulers can expect to go toe-to-toe with ‘AJ’ on equal monetary terms.