It seems we’re gonna be a step closer to an undisputed champion in the heavyweight division with the announcement of the unification bout between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker. The date and venue have yet to be determined but the financial terms have been agreed to.
All that’ll be left now is the winner face WBC champion Deontay Wilder. Seems easy enough right? If only the business of boxing worked that way but it simply ain’t that easy.
If Team Wilder is steadfast in their demand for a 50-50 split then the reality is that the likelihood of a Joshua/Wilder is very slim. If Parker were to beat Joshua then of course there would be rematch clauses and everything to deal with first.
Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn just laughs when asked about Wilder and his 50-50 demand. He believes the Alabama native will “come around to a realistic number” when the time to negotiate comes. Hearn is adamant though that the Wilder fight happens.
“Parker’s the first one and Wilder is the next one. That really is the plan for 2018.” said Hearn.
After speaking with Wilder’s manager last week and his belief that the fight will happen in 2018 maybe there is room for optimism after all.
By: Chris Henderson