Joshua eyes Parker bout

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LONDON (AFP) – Anthony Joshua said Sunday that talks over a March fight with Joseph Parker are 95 per cent complete as the British boxer bids to become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.

The 28-year-old currently holds three of the five heavyweight titles, having this year added the WBA and IBO belts to the IBF belt he won in 2016.

He aspires to become the first boxer in history to hold all five titles and thinks a deal to fight WBO champion Parker in the next few months is close.

“I want to fight for the other championship belts,” Joshua told BBC Five Live when asked about his ambitions.

“There’s only two left, I have three. There’s five on the table and I have three. I want to fight for the fourth one, the WBO heavyweight championship of the world.”

“I think we’re 95 percent of the way there with completing with Joseph Parker,” he added.

“End of March, I would say.

“It has to be in this country, the British support, what we’re achieving here is phenomenal.”

Should he win, Joshua would then need to take on and beat undefeated WBC champion Deontay Wilder to realise his ambition.

He also suggested he would be willing to fight fellow British boxer Tyson Fury.

“Of course, he’s a lively opponent when he’s fit,” Joshua said about Fury.

“He has his own battles and demons to face and, once he’s got over them, he’s more than welcome to enter a ring with me.

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