EXCLUSIVE: Where would any Joshua v Parker rematch be held? – Promoter David Higgins explains
David Higgins is fully confident Joseph Parker will shock Anthony Joshua on March 31 but doesn’t envisage a huge homecoming clash in the rematch.
A Parker win would automatically trigger a return clause in the contract and Higgins says it wouldn’t make sense to take Joshua out of his lucrative European territory.
Asked whether Parker would look to host a second fight with Joshua in New Zealand, Higgins exclusively told World Boxing News: “I don’t know if you would put it in New Zealand because of the value of it is a lot more in Europe. it would depend on what happens but it would likely be in Europe.
“You would want to take it to where the biggest market is and the biggest market for a Joshua v Parker fight is in the UK.
“We must also remember that New Zealand has four and a bit million people less and with time zones and all that, generally fights happen where they are the most valuable.
“If the New Zealand government came to the party we could certainly look at that, but I don’t know one thing I can say is that we are not negotiating with anyone else until we have finished with Anthony Joshua.
“You could swap it round if you have a good lead time but last time it got a bit tight for time and there’s a long history of locations paying sight fees because boxing brings revenue tourism.
“It also brings a global television profile and all that has a value but you need a lead time. I mean they don’t work with a two month turn around so if we are going to look at that we would have to get together early and collaborate if that did happen the teams have been working well together so things could turn around fairly quickly.”
Parker is a huge underdog to take Joshua’s trio of title belts in Wales at the end of this month but knows a victory could net him another seven-figure paycheck in 2018.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay