IN a surreal press conference Joseph Parker, the WBO heavyweight titlist, attempted to position himself for a shot at Anthony Joshua by listing the times the IBF and WBA champion has been dropped or wobbled, while insisting he won’t accept anything less 35% of the proceeds of a potential unification.
His promoter David Higgins declared, “Kids around the world dream of becoming heavyweight champion so they can set up their family for life.”
“If a mandatory is 30%, what’s a global unification? It’s got to be worth 35% for us because it’s an intercontinental event that will only happen once every 10 years,” he continued. “The onus is now on Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua to back up their words.