Hearn wants Higgins meeting to close Joshua v Parker deal, brands Wilder demands ‘unrealistic’

Joshua v Parker 30/11/2017

Eddie Hearn believes a deal can be reached with Joseph Parker’s team for a unification with Anthony Joshua in the coming days.

The Matchroom boss has been in constant contact with Duco Events since Joshua defeated Carlos Takam in October and is hopeful an agreement can be secured soon with the WBO champion.

“We feel like there is a deal that can be in place with Parker and his team within the next week or so,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.

“There’s a good chance David Higgins ( of Duco) will fly over in the next week to try and close the deal.

“Sometimes when you’re this close you need to get face-to-face and eye-to-eye. Work on it, keep talking, no one goes home until you make the deal.”

On a potential clash with WBC belt holder Deontay Wilder to follow up or replace the Parker bout, Hearn revealed the American is making unreachable demands

“There are two perfect fights for AJ – Parker and Deontay Wilder. The Wilder fight is unrealistic because of what they want. The Parker fight is a lot closer,” said Hearn.

Wilder has the backing of the World Boxing Council in his bid to land a huge cross-Atlantic battle with Joshua but may have to lower his ambitions slightly – purse-wise.

‘The Bronze Bomber’ looked in astonishing form when crushing Bermane Stiverne in one round earlier this month and may have done himself no favors by looking so devastating.

Parker, on the other hand, was run close by Hughie Fury in his first title defense and seems to be a far easier option for Joshua to add another strap to his haul.