A Joseph Parker-Anthony Joshua showdown inched closer to reality, when a third world heavyweight champion – Deontay Wilder – laid out criteria for his involvement in a unification fight.
Kiwi Parker’s management team have been negotiating with British double belt-holder Joshua for the past month.
While WBO champion Parker will accept no less than 35 percent of the proceeds from the fight, WBC champion Deontay Wilder is demanding half the cash from any showdown with Joshua.
The 32-year-old American was angered by Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, who said “over my dead body” when asked if Wilder would get a straight split.
“I’m not chasing Joshua,” Wilder told ESPN. “If he doesn’t want the fight, then that’s fine.
“It is a great fight, it is one of the biggest fights in the world and everyone wants it, [but] it will be 50-50 or else we don’t see a fight.”
Parker’s trainer, Kevin Barry, confirmed to RadioLIVE’s Sunday Sport that fans can expect an official announcement in the next 7-10 days.
“We are very close to reaching an agreement and, like I said, we have made several concessions, because we want this fight,” Barry said.
“We want Joseph’s body in the right shape to enter our biggest-ever training camp. Hopefully, in the next week to 10 days, we will be able to say it’s Anthony Joshua.
“One thing I can tell you as a fact is that Sky UK wants this fight. They want Joseph Parker.
“They want Parker in front of Joshua, and that helps us with our negotiations and gives us leverage.”
IBF/WBA champion Joshua, 28, saw off tricky French opponent Carlos Takam in October, extending his unbeaten career to 20 fights.
Parker, 25, is 24-0, after relatively unconvincing wins this year over Romanian Razvan Cojanu and Briton Hughie Fury.