Eddie Hearn warns of "fireworks" in first Joshua-Parker press conference

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Anthony Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn is expecting "a lot of fireworks" in the first press conference between his charge, Anthony Joshua and the Kiwi champion, Joseph Parker.

Parker's promoter, David Higgins, has flown into London in order to hash out the final details of the deal with Hearn and the Matchroom promoter is hopeful an agreement will finally be reached.

"David Higgins landed this morning and we are meeting this afternoon to plough through the agreement and solve any outstanding issues," he told Sky Sports.

"If we can do that then it's likely Joseph Parker will jump on a plane towards the end of this week. Fingers crossed."

Despite the official fight announcement still to come any day, the tension between the two fighters has been simmering for a while following a few critical comments from Parker and Higgins regarding the British world champion.

Parker has previously called Joshua's style as "robotic" and believes he has an obvious weakness with fatigue.

"I was bantering with David Higgins yesterday. They truly believe they knock Anthony Joshua out. It's not even in question for them," Hearn continued.

"We feel otherwise. You're going to see a lot of fireworks this press conference. David Higgins has got a lot to say for himself, he's a funny character, and Anthony Joshua doesn't like what Joseph Parker has been saying.


"This could be the first time we've seen the switch of Anthony Joshua, and I'm excited to see it."

While the comments from Parker's camp were a very obvious attempt to coax AJ into agreeing the fight, it may backfire on the Kiwi as Joshua has clearly taken note of the various digs.

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Parker is intending to be based in Las Vegas in the buildup to the fight, while Joshua will meet with his trainer Rob McCracken, in the next couple of weeks to begin his own preparations.

"AJ wants all the belts and Parker is the perfect fight, the perfect time," said Hearn. "It's a great fight between two undefeated world heavyweight champions and we're close now."

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