Joshua vs Parker to be confirmed within two weeks

Anthony Joshua’s world title unification bout against Joseph Parker could be finalised within the next fortnight, insists promoter Eddie Hearn.

WBA and IBF heavyweight champion Joshua wants to add Parker’s WBO belt to his collection of silverware, before setting his sights on a summer showdown against Deontay Wilder.

The negotiations haven’t always gone smoothly between the two parties after Parker hit out at the opening offer from Joshua’s camp and demanded 40 per cent of the fight purse.

But progress has clearly been made in the discussions after Hearn revealed that the bout is on the verge of being confirmed.

“We feel like there is a deal that can be in place with Parker and his team within the next week or so,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.

“There’s a good chance [Parker’s promoter] David Higgins will fly over in the next week to try and close the deal.

“Sometimes when you’re this close you need to get face-to-face and eye-to-eye. Work on it, keep talking, no one goes home until you make the deal.

“There are two perfect fights for AJ – Parker and Deontay Wilder. The Wilder fight is unrealistic because of what they want. The Parker fight is a lot closer.”