Joshua, Parker close to confirming fight

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Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight unification fight against Joseph Parker of New Zealand is poised to be confirmed, BBC Sport reports.

The Briton, 28, holds the IBF and WBA belts, while Parker, who is due in London this weekend, is the WBO champion.

Reports suggest the fight will take place on March 31, at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.

Joshua then hopes to fight WBC holder Deontay Wilder -no boxer has held all four heavyweight belts simultaneously.

Parker’s representative David Higgins has been in the UK since Monday to conclude negotiations and a news conference is expected next week.

Contracts are expected be signed and a statement will then be released by the fighters’ respective promoters, Matchroom Boxing and Duco Events.

During lengthy talks towards the end of last year, the main stumbling block had been the splitting of proceeds – but agreement was reached and…



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