Boxing: David Higgins chasing 'best deal possible' for Joseph Parker

Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker.
Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker. Photo credit: Photosport

Boxing promoter David Higgins says he's out to secure the "best deal possible" for Kiwi heavyweight Joseph Parker's next fight.

Parker (25 wins, two losses) hasn't fought since December last year, when he beat Alexander Flores with a third-round knockout in Christchurch.

A potential fight against Dereck Chisora (29-9) was discussed earlier this year, but Higgins was unable to reach a deal with fellow promoter Eddie Hearn.

That fight still seems like a possibility for later this year, as both sides are again in talks for a showdown in the UK, with Hearn telling Sky Sports UK that a fight in July was an option.

"Joseph will fight anyone, if it's the right money and the right terms, so absolutely he would fight Chisora," Higgins told Sky Sports UK. "It's up to [Hearn] to make a deal that's attractive.

"It's very simple - my job is to get the best deal possible for Parker and it's halcyon times in boxing, with massive money flowing."

Chisora must overcome German Senad Gashi on April 21 (NZT) for that fight to be an option.

Eddie Hearn and David Higgins.
Eddie Hearn and David Higgins. Photo credit: Reuters

Along with speaking to Hearn, Higgins plans to head to the US to talk to other promoters about potential Parker opponents.

Parker, 27, was unbeaten, until he lost his WBO belt to Anthony Joshua last April, followed by another defeat against Dillian Whyte.

"Basically, I'm going to have a pretty frank conversation with the major players to see who will put the best deal on the table for Joseph.

"Monday in LA and then London maybe, it depends. If [promoter Bob Arum] puts an offer on the table that we cannot refuse, we might do the deal.

"But that being said, Eddie Hearn has been great to work with. Arum has been fairly good too.

"The only one I haven't worked with is Al Haymon, but we're basically going to have a sit down with all the major players, see who will put the best offer on the table.

"Eddie is one of the best promoters I have worked with, so if he put in a good offer, no problem. It could go the other way though, because I think we can attract some interest out of America at the same time.

"[Parker] wants to fight in July, so I am going to have serious meetings to see who puts the best offer on the table. I'll work with any of them."


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Boxing: David Higgins chasing 'best deal possible' for Joseph Parker
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