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Parker’s promoter says Hearn offered 80/20 cut for Joshua fight

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s promoter David Higgins isn’t pleased with the poor offer made by IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn for a unification fight between them.

WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker’s promoter David Higgins isn’t pleased with the poor offer made by IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn for a unification fight between them.

Higgins says Hearn only offered an 80-20 split for Parker against Joshua, and he feels it was a disrespectful offer for his undefeated fighter. It’s unclear how big of a split Higgins is looking for Parker.

Surely, 60-40 would seem like a fair offer for Parker, although I doubt that Hearn will ever give him anything close to that. With the way that Hearn has talked down Parker following his recent win over Hughie Fury, I get the impression that the highest he might go for him is a 75-25 split. That’s too bad though, because I don’t know if Parker would want to accept such a pitiful offer.

“I think Eddie is offering [Parker] 20 percent [of the purse] to kill the fight because he’s worried his golden goose might get beaten,” Higgins said to ESPN.com. “I think he’s offering that on purpose, so he can go in another direction. He knows that we won’t take 20 percent. It’s an insult.”

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Joshua beat Carlos Takam last weekend by a 10th round knockout in a mostly easy one-sided affair. A lot was made about Takam having some moments in round 8 and 9, but it was still a largely easy fight for Joshua. The only downside of the fight was the way Joshua started to tire a little in rounds 8 and 9. Joshua did finish strong in the 10th, so it doesn’t matter that he labored a little bit towards the end.

WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is the fight that Hearn wants in the short term, but it looks as it may require that the Bronze Bomber fight Dillian Whyte before that fight can get made. In the meantime, it’s unclear who Joshua will fight in early 2018. If Parker is unwilling to accept the 80-20 offer made by Hearn, then it could be someone like American Jarrell Miller. That’s a name that Hearn has brought up that he’s interested in.

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“I’m not saying a 50-50 split as we think Joshua deserves a bit more, but it certainly should be a more balanced ratio like that. We reached out to Hearn and have had no response,” said Higgins. “The ball is in Eddie Hearn’s court. If he’s genuine about wanting to unify, stop being greedy.”

Hearn seems to be taking the Floyd Mayweather Jr. approach to negotiating with opponents for Joshua by offering them smaller fees to take a fight with him. It’s too bad because Hearn might wind up pricing Joshua out of a lot of good fights if he’s not willing to share the revenue against the other champions.

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