The Joseph Parker press conference call out of Anthony Joshua and his promoter has definitely got their attention.
Whether or not it will pay off or not, is up to most likely Anthony Joshua at this point.
The boxing world has been in overdrive today following a press conference in New Zealand held by WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s team.
During the conference Parker’s promoter David Higgins made reference to Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn’s offer for the fight as a “low ball” one.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Hearn reacted by saying:
“We are getting closer on a deal, but holding a press conference in a broom cupboard with a promotional video that looks like it’s been done by my eight-year-old daughter is not the one, in terms of justifying your commercial value.”
The fight if it were to happen will happen in the UK.
Currently team Parker are requesting a minimum of 35% of the split, with an open book also desired by them to see where all costs and revenues of a possible showdown are coming from.
Parker’s last fight was earlier in the year against Hughie Fury at the Manchester Arena, while Joshua’s last bout came in front of a sellout stadium against Carlos Takam at the Millennium Stadium in Wales.
Parker is understood to have a provisional deal lined up next to take on Australian Lucas Browne in case the Joshua fight does not come off directly next.