Joshua and Parker close to agreeing heavyweight unification deal

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We can expect confirmation of Joshua's unification clash with Joseph Parker in the coming days, with the fight scheduled to go down on March 31 in Cardiff, and McCracken hopes to see Joshua weigh in lighter than he has for any of his last three outings, setting the 28-year-old a target of 17st 10lbs. Fury, who has not boxed since winning the WBA, WBO and IBF titles from Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015, said yesterday that he was reapplying for his licence from the British Boxing Board of Control after...

Parker is due to follow promoter David Higgins to London later this week as the finalization of a deal draws near, with the challenger taking up to 33% of the pot for a career-high purse of around £7 million ($9.5m).

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

Higgins was equally as optimistic as talks are set to resume, but insisted there were still some issues to "iron out".

Joshua and Parker close to agreeing heavyweight unification deal
Joshua and Parker close to agreeing heavyweight unification deal

Higgins added: "There's no deal yet, but we have a draft contract going over and back, and some of the big tricky things have been agreed, which is promising". That counts for a lot.

We have both set aside quite a bit of time today, tomorrow to iron out the final details.

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For his imminent 21st outing, McCracken is hoping Joshua can drop down around half a stone (seven pounds) in order to maximise speed against unsafe and unbeaten New Zealander Parker. "Again, nothing until the contracts are signed". The New Zealander has won all 24 of his fights, 18 by knockout.

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