Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight unification clash with New Zealand’s Joseph Parker is expected to be confirmed in the next 24 hours, concluding weeks of fractious negotiations.
Joshua will put his WBA (Super) and IBF titles on the line to take on Parker, who has been the WBO champion since beating Andy Ruiz via a majority decision in December 2016.
Reports suggest the fight will take place on March 31 at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, which staged Joshua’s most recent victory against the French challenger Carlos Takam.
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The fighters’ respective promotions, Matchroom Boxing and Duco Events, have been locked in negotiations since the end of last year, with the purse split the largest obstacle that needed to be hurdled.
However progress was made shortly before the new year, with Parker’s co-promoter David Higgins revealing that his boxer had accepted between 30 to 35 per cent of the purse.
The two men are now expected to come face to face next week, with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn this week promising fireworks after Parker and Higgins aimed a string of critical comments at Joshua.