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Eddie Hearn calls out David Higgins for backtracking on Anthony Joshua criticism

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The Principality Stadium in Cardiff will play host to the mouth-watering clash of the champions in the highly-anticipated heavyweight unification clash between Anthony Joshua and New Zealand star Joseph Parker in March.

The build-up to the mammoth event got underway in earnest on Tuesday as the first press conference to publicise the fight got more than a little heated.

And there will be plenty who think an extra special clash should be added to the undercard - between the promoters.

For the most part, the boxers themselves remained sternly impassive as their respective promoters bristled aggressively following months of talk.

Parker's promoter, David Higgins of Duco Events, had previously suggested that AJ - the unbeaten IBF and WBA champ - was mentally weak and in the most cutting of all boxing insults, possessed a glass chin.

While Joshua was irritated by these remarks his promoter Eddie Hearn was irate and went on the warpath, angrily ordering his counterpart to stand by his claims in the presence of the towering Joshua.

Hearn and Higgins eyed each other angrily and jabbed their fingers into the table as their argument intensified.

Hearn really put Higgins on the back foot there!

AJ and Parker are not usually noted as enthusiastic exponents of the trash talking genre, preferring to let their fists do the talking.

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Parker did, however, court controversy recently by suggesting that Joshua was a 'steroid king' an explosive remark that was quickly dismissed by his team.

As the fighters try to keep calm amidst will surely be an intense build-up to the historic showdown, the first time two heavyweight champions will face each other on British soil, if that press conference is any guide then the promoters will provide enough fireworks to keep the headline writers happy.

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