Anthony Joshua has teased boxing fans on social media that he is about to announce a unification fight with Joseph Parker.
The IBF and WBA (Super) champion’s team is locked in talks with Parker’s promoter, David Higgins, with the New Zealander touching down in London yesterday.
Higgins sat down with Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn for three hours and is now looking over the latest version of the fight contract.
Barring some last-minute disaster, Joshua should confirm the second unification fight of his career by next week and the heavyweight is certainly excited by the prospect of putting a bout in the diary.
Joshua posted on Twitter a small clip of him swimming underwater, telling his fans: ‘Hold your breath, news coming soon.’
The 28-year-old enjoyed a sensational 2017 in which he beat Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in front of 90,000 fans in April and then knocked out Carlos Takam at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium in October.
Joshua is now targeting an even bigger 12 months with unification fights with Parker and WBC champion Deontay Wilder possibilities.
But, it will be the WBO king Parker who gets the first crack at Joshua and the Kiwi has already promised to shock the world.
Parker will be the underdog with the fight expected to be staged in Cardiff, but at 26 years old, the heavyweight is undefeated in 24 professional fights.
Higgins has yet to send for Parker, but the fighter is on standby to fly from New Zealand to finalise the deal.
He said: ‘The positive thing is that everyone wants the fight and is working towards it. In boxing you often have people making excuses but that’s not the case here.’