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Anthony Joshua directs thinly veiled blow at Deontay Wilder

IBF and WBA world champion Anthony Joshua aimed a thinly veiled blow toward Deontay Wilder as he reaffirmed Eddie Hearn's remarks that a fight with Joseph Parker looks increasingly likely.

Hearn hopes a fight between Joshua and Parker can be made for late March or early April 2018, with a potential bout against Wilder coming after. However, American Wilder has consistently said that he would walk away from a potential fight unless a 50-50 split was agreed.

Kiwi Parker has lowered his demands in an attempt to complete a deal, whereas the financial split with Wilder appears to be a stumbling block in any talks.

"I don't like to give false promises, but I do agree [with Hearn]. Parker is remotely realistic in negotiations," Joshua said in a video posted on social media.

Hearn wants his biggest star to unify the heavyweight belts next year and to do that, a fight with Wilder, should he stay undefeated, is inevitable.

"We're easy to work with," added Hearn. "We have negotiated a fight with the hardest people to negotiate with in world boxing, Wladimir Klitschko. Good business. Everyone was happy. Everyone left with a great taste in their mouth.

"It is not difficult. We are not trying to be arrogant. We are not trying to big-headed. It is my job to make the right moves for you [Joshua]. That's all."

Hearn last week said that three UK venues were being considered for the fight with Parker, with the Principality Stadium in Cardiff joined by Manchester United's Old Trafford and Twickenham as possible settings for the as-yet-unconfirmed bout.


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