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Anthony Joshua given FINAL WARNING by Joseph Parker team over mega fight

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Earlier this month David Higgins branded Eddie Hearn’s initial offer for Parker to fight Joshua as an “insult” and urged him to “stop playing games”.

The British boxer is set for a big 2018 with fights against Parker, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder touted as strong possibilities.

But it looks like a fight between Parker and Joshua could be the first one on the cards with Higgins revealing the two parties are close to agreeing a deal.

However, in an awkward and cringeworthy press conference, Parker’s promoter revealed a take-it-or-leave-it deal is on the table for Hearn and Joshua.

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“The Parker team are now at a stage where they are willing to make public their final bottom line position which is utterly non-negotiable,” Higgins said.

“First of all the deal will have to be an open book revenue share because there is a whole lot of revenue streams that are potentially invisible.

“So a flexible fee doesn’t really do it justice. We want all revenue costs in the pot to see what it is so all that is to be agreed is what is a fair respectable ratio for each boxer.

“Our team have decided that bottom line minimum we started around 50 or 40 per cent and we’re going to drop 35 per cent of net profit to unify the fight if Joshua will agree.

Joseph Parker's team will accept 35 per cent to agree a deal with Anthony JoshuaJoseph Parker’s team will accept 35 per cent to agree a deal with Anthony Joshua (GETTY)

“I’ll explain why anything less than 35 per cent is not only to disrespectful to Joseph Parker but a disgrace.

“First of all Joshua has two of the major heavyweight belts and Parker has one of them so it’s around the two-third, one-third mark.

“The mandatory belt pays 30 per cent, voluntary usually less. So if a mandatory is 30 what is a global unification worth? It’s got to be worth 35 per cent for us because it’s an inter-continental event that would only happen once every 10 years.

“We want to make that all happen, we’re not all talks so the onus is now on Eddie Hearn and Anthony Joshua to back up their words.”

Courtesy: express.co.uk

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