New Zealand WBO heavyweight champ says negotiations are ‘going good’ as he closes in on a bumper showdown with British boxing’s golden boy on the Principality Stadium
NEGOTIATIONS between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker are “going good” as they try to finalise a bumper unification combat for Cardiff on March 31.
New Zealander Parker, the WBO heavy world champion, is about to satisfy the British boxing star and WBA and IBF title holder on the Principality Stadium within the Welsh capital.
And the 25-year-old Parker has acknowledged that talks are at a sophisticated stage.
Talking to ESPN, he mentioned: “I believe the Joshua combat can go forward early subsequent yr when each groups are locked in and comfortable.
“After we can discover a free date, a time in March, then we are able to positively make it occur.
“Negotiations are going good. I believe we’re near locking one thing in. They’re caught at 30 % [of the split], we’re caught at 35 so it’s simply discovering the center floor.
“We’ll take 35 % which suggests Joshua will take 65, which is sort of double me, so I believe that’s a good deal as a result of he’s the larger draw card and he’s has two belts, and I’ve one.
“I believe that’s cheap and honest.
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“I believe we’re very shut. I’m excited because it’s an opportunity to showcase my abilities within the UK extra.”
Parker and his camp are assured that they’ll trigger an enormous upset towards the undefeated English golden boy as soon as they lastly get contained in the ring.
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And he believes that the potential clash could be even more huge that AJ’s stunning victory over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley back in April.
He added: “The Klitschko-Joshua fight was a great fight.
“A legend and an up-and-coming fighter going at it. It was a great fight for all of us to see.
“But there’s just something special about a unification fight.
“We haven’t had a unified champion for a while and there’s something special about a unification. I have a good feeling about this.”
Parker defeated Hughie Fury in September in his UK debut fight.