Anthony Joshua insists Joseph Parker is a 'real challenge' as talks founder

Annette Crawford
November 14, 2017

Yet given he is WBC champion in what is widely regarded a limited division, Joshua believes a match-up against him next year would represent a considerable step up for Wilder, 32.

'I got this weird email from Eddie's email address, but he must have been hacked, ' Higgins told Sky Sports.

The Briton holds two of the world heavyweight crowns, while Parker is the WBO champion, and both fighters are yet to taste defeat.

"Most heavyweight champions are two or three-time world champions because they've achieved; made a mistake; and come back better".

Higgins added his company Duco Events had received more money from a city or government willing to host an event than what Hearn was offering.

'To expect 40 per cent is actually quite reasonable, because you have earned it, and it's a unification (bout).

Joshua is also in negotiations now to face WBC heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and one would suspect that would take priority if a deal was reached first.

"I reckon Eddie respects boxing and I reckon Anthony Joshua wouldn't want to insult Joseph Parker".

I have mentioned it (to Parker) and he just laughed like I did'. There's a long way to go until the pair meet but Eddie Hearn has been talking about where it might be. Assuming someone hacked his email, I apologise to Eddie, and he's welcome to give me a call.

"Yeah, why not?" Joshua told Dubai Eye 103.8, when asked if he'd fight Wilder.

"If they are realistic about what they want, we can definitely make this fight happen".

Parker's last fight was in September, when he defended his world title by beating British opponent Hughie Fury by majority decision in Manchester to take his record to 24-0. He's had an interesting career, and in reality after 40 fights and nine to 10 years in the game, is trying to have one significant fight and trying to use that as a fight to sum up his own career.

Higgins said talks had been in progress for several weeks with Browne's promoter and terms were largely agreed in principle.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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