Anthony Joshua wants Joseph Parker and his belt... if the Kiwi's camp are serious they should make a deal before the opportunity of a lifetime slips away
- We'll soon find out if Joseph Parker is serious about fighting Anthony Joshua
- We're not far off a deal that would be worth around five times his biggest purse
- This is an opportunity of a lifetime for them, they should agree to a deal?
- David Haye looked like a broken man when he told me that he was injured?
- I expect Katie Taylor to end the year with another thrilling performance?
It's never dull in boxing. There's been a lot of fun and games from Joseph Parker's camp and they are doing a great job in driving up interest in what would be a massive unification fight with Anthony Joshua. For us, it feels close.
Are they serious, though? That's what we will find out soon enough.
If they are, I think this fight will be made. If they genuinely believe they can win, if they honestly think Joshua's chin is as vulnerable as they are trying to prove with their little video montage (!), then they should just make the deal.?
?Eddie Hearn (right) says Joseph Parker should agree to fight Anthony Joshua before its too late
Parker's team have gone public in criticising the deal that they were originally offered
Get a deal they are happy with, sure, but don't let this chance slip away. Because for them, this is an opportunity of a lifetime - Parker will make a huge payday for this fight and if Parker beats Joshua he becomes the biggest name in heavyweight boxing bar none.
For us, we come in from the position that AJ brings virtually all the revenue to this fight, but we also accept quite openly that Parker has something we want – that WBO belt.?
AJ wants all the belts, no debates around that. So he wants Parker and he wants Deontay Wilder, because he is driven by becoming the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
We get that we will have to overpay to get an opponent. But the question, as always, is: how much?
Parker's team released a video of Joshua suffering his only stoppage defeat
Parker's team have gone public in saying 65-35 and while I won't say what our position is, I can say we are not far off on a deal that would be worth around five times Parker's biggest purse. He should take this; if he doesn't he will face Lucas Browne, which will virtually kill the chance of an AJ fight in 2018.
But we are certainly closer than we were. We have spoken a lot with their team and we are within touching distance, so it is just about getting all parties happy and agreed. I'm confident we will and the aim would be for the end of March.
The location could be the O2 and what a great return that would be. Our aim has always been for three fights in 2018 and that means March and the weather means going indoors. The O2 has been great to AJ so it's a strong possibility, if we can get everything else lined up.
I'm confident we will, so long as they are serious about wanting this fight.?
The WBO king's team held a press conference in which they sought to show AJ's 'glass jaw'
Boxing has a great way of kicking you in the nuts when you least expect it.
I was really looking forward to the rematch between David Haye and Tony Bellew - it felt like a great way of rounding off a great year.
And then I got a text message from Haye over the weekend asking for a face to face meeting. You immediately think as a promoter after a message like that it won't be good.
As soon as I saw him, I knew it was bad. He looked like a broken man and David never looks like a broken man. To be honest, there have been few times when I have felt sorry for David Haye but I did this time. He was genuinely gutted.
It was such a freak injury. I know there had been talk that he was carrying injuries in his camp but they were rubbish. He was looking great. Even last week, he had the cameras in while he was training and sparring.
David Haye was forced to pull out of his fight with Tony Bellew with a freak bicep injury
I must say, I feel sympathy for him in this, but also Tony Bellew. Massively so. He has overcome his own problems in the build-up and was looking great. He was training like a monster for this and now we have to work out what happens next.
It is credit to Haye that he wants to get back to fitness and go again. With the injuries he has had, you would think he might say 'enough', but he is determined to get this fight on in 2018. Let's see.
For Tony, the question is whether he waits or has another fight in the interim. We are looking at possibilities, including Parker if the Joshua fight doesn't happen. He might fight in February or March, but Haye's return could determine it. If it's a quick recovery, then great. Likewise, if Haye can be fit in April or May, Tony might wait.
I'm sure the fight will happen eventually.
Haye was due to meet Tony Bellew (left) again at London's O2 Arena on December 17
We return to London's historic York Hall with an absolute Christmas cracker to end the year on Wednesday, December 13. The biggest star in women's boxing, Katie Taylor, defends her WBA world lightweight title for the first time against outspoken American Jessica McCaskill.
It's been a brilliant year for Katie who has ticked some key boxes in the last few months, making her American debut and picking up the world title on AJ's undercard in Cardiff.?
I expect Katie to end the year with another thrilling performance and I think 2018 will be even bigger for the Irish sensation, with a homecoming fight top of the wishlist.
The bill is crammed with British talents in really important fights, with Martin J Ward looking to add the European super-featherweight title to his British and Commonwealth wins, Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain aiming to keep winning to set up a clash in the new year, and talented Brits Gamal Yafai, Joe Cordina and Conor Benn look to end the year with a bang.
Katie Taylor defends her WBA world lightweight title for the first time against Jessica McCaskill
Conor's last outing came in New York on the first show under the Matchroom Boxing USA banner, led by former Middleweight king Danny Jacobs.?
The Brooklyn man dominated the unbeaten Luis Arias in his first fight since being edged out by Gennady Golovkin in a fight many thought he won in March.
I'm so impressed with Danny the man and the fighter - he's the full package and we want to turn him into a superstar.?
Danny proved against Arias that he's an elite fighter and the plan is to target the winner of the likely rematch between GGG and Saul Alvarez – it's a fight that makes perfect sense for everyone and would be a huge clash, so the ultimate goal is for Danny to prove what I believe – that he's the best middleweight on the planet.
The plan is for Daniel Jacobs to face the winner of the rematch between GGG and Saul Alvarez
Danny will head to Canada to keep an eye on Billy Joe Saunders' fight with David Lemieux in December. That's a potential fight for us too – and we'll be back in the States in April for another big night in NYC for Danny.
Our first show out there was a great experience and I'm convinced there's a massive opportunity there to really make an impact.?
I've got ambitious plans to put on plenty of cards there in 2018 and beyond. It's going to be a lot of hard work, but the first show was a good learning curve and has given me the buzz to get out there and put on some great events.
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