Higgins: Joshua gives us 40% or can go lose to Wilder, then Parker gets 50-50 anyway

David Higgins has ruled out accepting any offer below 40% for a unification between Anthony Joshua and his fighter Joseph Parker.

The Duco boss has already turned down what he called, ‘the most insulting offer in boxing history’ from Eddie Hearn and has threatened to wait for a fight with Deontay Wilder.

“I’ll give you a simple answer. They pay us 40 per cent and not a cent less, or they will fight Wilder, who will obviously win and then we’ll fight Wilder 50-50,” Higgins told Sky Sports.

“If they want to go fight Wilder, they can, and then we’ll fight Wilder on a 50-50 basis later in the year, once he has all three belts.

“We will come to England and fight AJ, but 40 per cent is the bottom line and I can give my word now, not one per cent less.

“We have got several fights on the table and I tell you this, we have pretty much given up on Joshua. Assuming someone hacked his email, I apologise to Eddie, and he’s welcome to give me a call. He’s got my number if he wants to actually make a respectable offer.

“Joseph has earned the right. He’s going to put it all on the line and deserves a fair payday. The terms they offered disrespect every kid in the world who wants to become heavyweight world champion and set their family up for life,” he added.

Parker took to Twitter late on Tuesday to accuse Hearn of offering less than when Joshua challenged Charles Martin for the title, something the Matchroom head stated simply wasn’t true.

Hearn is willing to negotiate, by the sounds of things, although both sides seem far off an agreement as things currently stand.