Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn says a deal is set to be agreed with Joseph Parker for a unification fight with Anthony Joshua.
Parker’s team has refuted claims that a deal is close to fruition, with the WBO champion offering a 35-65 deal in favour of Joshua.
However, Hearn insists he has held more favourable talks in regards to the unification fight, with a possible date in March.
“We’re close,” Hearn exclusively told Sky Sports. “We’re at a stage now where we’re having to compromise on certain points that we don’t really want to, but ultimately we’re going to have to because if you want to fight Anthony Joshua, these guys – they want to be overpaid.
“He is the golden ticket fight, the ‘Willy Wonka’ golden ticket fight that everybody wants and unfortunately for him, it’s going to mean sometimes taking a deal that isn’t right.
“My job is to represent Anthony Joshua and to deliver the deals that are right. We’re not just going to roll over and let them tickle our belly and give everything away, but we ultimately understand that we’re going to have to overpay Joseph Parker to get that unification fight.
“We need these belts, there is no secret, and they know that as well. Anthony Joshua’s pure aim is to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. To do that he has to beat Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder.
“The Wilder fight is in dreamland at the moment, with his demands. The Parker fight is very close. Hopefully, we can get that over the line before Christmas, pick up the WBO title in March, and then move on for the big one against Wilder for all the belts on the line.”
“Parker’s demands are unrealistic, but we’re going to try and make it happen,” said Hearn.
“But Deontay Wilder is on cloud nine. I mean he’s never fought anybody. You’ve got to understand, Anthony Joshua is making 10 times per fight what Wilder is making, and he wants to make the same money that Anthony Joshua is making in that fight.
“I understand. Wilder is on relatively low money, he’s not a draw in the US right now. They all want the Joshua fight. It’s everybody’s cash-out fight.
“Our plan is to go and pick up another belt, have three belts going into that fight against Wilder’s one, clean him out, and then have it all, be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.”