EXCLUSIVE: David Higgins refuses to talk Parker vs. Wilder – ‘Not our style’
Fresh from warning Anthony Joshua not to overlook Joseph Parker to a potential undisputed heavyweight showdown with Deontay Wilder, Duco boss David Higgins has told WBN he won’t discuss the American himself until after March 31.
Parker puts his WBO title up against Joshua’s trio of belts at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium and says it would be disrespectful to open up on the chances of landing a fight with Wilder until the dust settles.
Quietly confident of taking Joshua’s crown later this month, Parker is keeping a low profile as Higgins notices several articles of ‘AJ’ promoter Eddie Hearn talking about his mount facing ‘The Bronze Bomber’ next.
In the latest installment on Tuesday, Hearn told reporters he was almost certain Joshua would tackle Wilder next in blockbuster Pay-Per-View clash – possibly in the United States, although Higgins is sure Parker will have something to say on that matter.
“It’s posturing, it’s all posturing with negotiating but it’s a combination of things you can’t really say conclusively,” Higgins exclusively told World Boxing News regarding the talk of Joshua v Wilder.
“That’s the beauty of the 31st of March, you have got Parker with a granite chin against Joshua, where there are some question marks. So if I was him, I would ease the Wilder negotiations until April 1st.
“I mean, I won’t start negotiating with Wilder until we beat Joshua – that’s not our style. I’m not sure about the other camp though, as it seems there seems to be public Wilder negotiation going on currently.”
On what he sees Hearn attempting to achieve with comments regarding Wilder in the media, Higgins stated it’s something he’d done himself when trying to land the Joshua fight for Parker.
“I mean you heard me mouthing off saying does Anthony Joshua have a glass jaw. You know that’s partly about making the fight and putting it on the map
“The truth is that Joseph Parker has a granite chin and he’s never been down. I think Joshua is somewhere in the middle based on the evidence. Does he have a glass jaw? We don’t know really, we know that his jaw on paper is not as good as Parker’s,” he added.
Whatever the outcome in Wales, Wilder will certainly be an interested spectator having already played his part when defeating Luis Ortiz via a spectacular knockout.
Should Joshua have his hands raised, the boxing world will no doubt look forward to one of the most anticipated slugfests in heavyweight boxing for some time.
But those writing off Parker can do so at their peril, according to Higgins, who fully expects to walk off into the sunset with four versions of the top division crown and the number one negotiating spot in the division.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay