Promoter Higgins claims Hearn has agreed Joshua v Parker negotiations for next Spring

Higgins, speaking at an arranged press conference on Wednesday, stated Hearn was on board with Joshua v Parker and said only negotiations needed to be agreed.

“Eddie Hearn and I have exchanged e-mails,” Higgins explained.

“My message was that Joe would fight Joshua next – and Hearn’s message was that Joshua would fight Parker next.

“It is now a question of the deal and the money.

“What we’re saying is that Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua have signalled that they will potentially fight next, as in March or April.”

On how that agreement could come about, it was obvious Higgins wouldn’t take the cheaper end of any deal for Parker.

“Our message to the Joshua camp is yes, we will take the fight. But the deal has to respect Joseph having earned a genuine world title.

“The starting point for negotiations is obviously 50/50 but we would acknowledge that Joshua, if the fight were to happen in his home nation, he has a big fan base there.”

Joshua has several options open to him at the moment, with a WBA mandatory, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury on the table alongside Parker.

The fans would certainly opt for Wilder of Fury (should the former champ get himself back in shape), although Hearn seems to be keep to deal with the mandatory situation first or push through with a Parker clash.

All bodes well for the New Zealander should the WBA not have a number one in place by the New Year for a fight between Joshua and Parker at Twickenham in the spring.

Any agreement with Joshua would then mean a future fight with the winner of Tony Bellew v David Haye, originally on the table for March or April, would be scrapped if Parker fails to come out on top.