After witnessing Anthony Joshua seemingly struggle to dispatch Carlos Takam in Cardiff on Saturday night, Joseph Parker and his team are already eyeing an opportunity to take a shot at the WBA and IBO champion Joshua, as his agent has today revealed.
Nevertheless, there already seems to be a huge stumbling block in any potential deal between Parker and Joshua, as his promoter addressed with his comments this morning.
In an interview with Sky Sports, David Higgins has laid the blame on the doorstep of Joshua's promoter in the opposite corner, Eddie Hearn.
"We would fight Joshua next, but Eddie Hearn is killing it by only offering 20 percent, which disrespects the fact that Parker has earned one of the genuine, recognised heavyweight titles," Higgins said.
Higgins is firmly of the belief that Hearn is looking to send unacceptably low offers to ensure Joshua doesn't look weak in two consecutive fights, which, according to Parker's promoter, may well happen should the 28-year-old do business with the also undefeated Kiwi.
"We think it's about more than money. It's the respect of having earned that title. If he really wants unification, give us a more respectable deal and we'll have a good look at it."
Higgins did, however, seem very keen on the idea of a March date for these two giants to wage war, should a financial understanding with Hearn eventually be reached.
He continued: "Yes. If we get a deal we think is fair and respectful, then we'll unify and it could happen that soon."
Like Joshua, Parker is also unbeaten from his 24 fights and beat Hughie Fury via a majority decision in September to retain his WBO belt.
After watching AJ's performance against Takam, someone he has also beaten, the 25-year-old is confident he could dispatch Joshua.
"Our team unanimously felt it got stopped early and to our minds, it should probably have gone the distance or would have, which means it was similar to Parker-Takam," Higgins added.
A potential clash between two of the heavyweight division's rising stars is looking more and more likely with each passing day, especially if Eddie Hearn can strike a better deal with Parker's team, something he has rarely had a problem doing in the past.
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