Joshua: Parker fight is 95% done

Anthony Joshua

WBA, IBF, IBO Heavyweight champion, Anthony Joshua, confirmed that negotiations for a unification contest with WBO heavyweight champion, Joseph Parker, are 95% complete.

Joshua is keen to become the first heavyweight champion to hold all five titles, and Parker is the next step in making that dream a reality.

“What I think can be a reality is, I want to fight for the other [heavyweight] championship belts,” Joshua told BBC Five Live.

“There are only two [titles] left, I have three. There’s five on the table, and I have three of them, I want to fight for the fourth one, the WBO heavyweight championship of the world.

Joshua acknowledged that while negotiations in Boxing are tough, he is keen to secure a long-lasting legacy within the sport.

“To hold all five belts has never been done before,”
Joshua continued “So I won’t let negotiations get in the way of securing my legacy and what I could achieve in the sport.”

“I think we’re 95 percent of the way there with completing with Joseph Parker.”

When asked about potential venues for the contest, Joshua was adamant that the fight would take place in the UK.

“It has to be [in the UK], the British support, what we’re achieving here is phenomenal,” said Joshua.

“I always remember when I was watching boxing, it was always about America, America, America and even being a world champion you have to fight around the world, but it’s nice to own the market here. We own the market, and we’re not rushing anywhere. Let the British fans stay on home soil for a bit – let other people travel.”

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