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Anthony Joshua Seeks Four Heavyweight Belts Simultaneously

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua is seeking to become the first boxer in history to hold all four heavyweight belts simultaneously following reports that his unification fight against Joseph Parker could be confirmed this week.

New Zealander Parker’s promoter David Higgins is due in London on Monday, when he will finalise the deal with the 28-year-old’s promoter Eddie Hearn.

The signing of contracts is understood to be imminent and Parker, 25, could then travel to the UK later this week.

Reports suggest the contest will take place on 31 March, with Cardiff’s Principality Stadium the likely venue.

The camps reached proceeds deal for the fight in December last year.

Parker was reportedly demanding 40%, with Briton Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn offering him half of that.

The deal includes an automatic rematch clause if 25-year-old Parker wins, but the terms of a Joshua victory are still under consideration.

A number of other areas are being negotiated, such as judges and anti-doping procedures, though Higgins anticipates no problems.

The promoter added: “There are a few other things to be ironed out but I’ve been sent the contract. It’s with my lawyers and I’ll send if back in the next day or so.

“I’d like to pay tribute to Anthony Joshua and Eddie. Talk is cheap but they want to unify the division and they’ve put their money where their mouth is.

“Eddie has been wonderful to deal with. There has been no ego and even though we’re the smaller side he has been respectful.”

Hearn said he was “very hopeful” that a deal would soon be done but cautioned that “there is no fight until the contract is signed”.

Joshua is seeking to add Parker’s WBO crown to his WBA and IBF titles before a possible meeting with American WBC champion Deontay Wilder.


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