ANTHONY JOSHUA is edging closer to a unification fight with Joseph Parker in the new year.
Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker set to be announced over coming weeks – Eddie Hearn
The only other heavyweights with belts are Joseph Parker (WBO) and Deontay Wilder (WBC).
But Hearn says he is coming close to confirming a showdown with the New Zealander.
The promoter is looking at a date for late March or April, in either England or Wales, and he says he should have some news to confirm in the coming weeks.
Anthony Joshua is edging closer to a fight with Joseph Parker.
We’re close to a deal with Parker. Hopefully we’ll be in position to announce that early in 2018.
“It’s not done yet but we hope over the Christmas period, the turkey will get put to one side and we’ll work to get that done.
“Hopefully we’ll be in position to announce that early in 2018.
“Whoever is the first stop off, end of March or early April, so be it…but I do want it to be for a championship belt.
His latest success was against mandatory challenger Carlos Takam, but Hearn now wants him to go on to greater heights to become the overall world champion after the turn of the year.
“Every year has to be an increase on what we have just done,” Hearn added.
Joseph Parker currently hold the WBO heavyweight title.
“AJ is that Willy Wonka fight – the golden ticket, the one everybody wants.
“A lot of people are talking ‘I want this, I want that’ but if you really want it be realistic and come get it.”