14
Nov
2018

Shocker: Anthony Joshua in danger of missing out on BOTH unification bouts in 2018

WBN 05/12/2017

Duco promoter David Higgins has followed Deontay Wilder in warning Anthony Joshua and his team to meet his demands for a unification.

Higgins, who represents Joseph Parker, was hoping to secure a massive clash with Joshua in the spring and came down from an initial 50-50 split to 65-35 in favor of the Briton.

In an exclusive interview with WBN last weekend, Higgins said he was waiting for Eddie Hearn to budge from his offer of 30% and has since revealed a stalemate in talks.

“We started at what we thought was a fair ratio, and then a concession was given on our side,” Higgins told Sky Sports.

“The truth is we were getting pretty close, and then there was talk of me going to London, but I made it clear I won’t unless there was a concession on the Joshua side.

“Frankly we thought there would be, but no, it’s been signalled there won’t be. As far as we’re concerned, that’s it for now. I won’t be boarding a plane until we are closer.

“As it stands, AJ is refusing to compromise and has drawn a line in the sand that we think is unreasonable. It’s not worth me coming to London.”

In regards to Joshua facing WBC title holder Deontay Wilder after Parker as hoped, the American has stated he’s holding out for nothing less than a 50-50 split.

Despite Hearn confirming ‘The Bronze Bomber’ is highly unlikely to be given an equal share of a unification pot, Wilder now sees it as a deal breaker in negotiations.

“We’re not (going to) chase anybody. I’m not chasing Joshua. If he doesn’t want the fight, then that’s fine,” Wilder told ESPN.

“It is a great fight, it is one of the biggest fights in the world and everyone wants it.

“(But) it will be 50-50 or else we don’t see a fight.

“If they want to use splits not to make a fight happen, then so be it. It is not like I’m asking for more, I’m saying this is a 50-50 fight and that’s how it is.

“In the rematch, we can talk about 60-40 splits of whatever – that is more acceptable,” he added.

Talks between Hearn and Wilder’s advisors Shelly Finkel and Al Haymon have already taken place and were said at the time to have been positive when staged last month.

Wilder’s latest admission won’t fill the fans with hope though as boxing keeps its fingers crossed for one of the biggest top division battles in recent years.

The general consensus is that the fight must happen in 2018, although unless common ground or a compromise can be found, the encounter everybody wants could be in danger of never seeing the light of day.

Both men seem to have accepted that the summer is the time to get it on, with Joshua aiming for home advantage at Wembley Stadium and for what looks to be a bigger slice of the pie.

With Parker and Wilder unwilling to bow to any further ‘AJ’ demands, there’s a real possibility the three-belt ruler will not be facing a fellow-champion next year unless he has a change of heart.

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