David Higgins, promoter of WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker, has ripped into Anthony Joshua and told him to “sort your s*** out” during negotiations for their potential heavyweight unification.

Higgins expressed his frustration and bemusement at the fact Joshua is yet to accept the fight with Parker despite the fact he has publicly been offered 65% of the pot and a rematch clause.

“Global heavyweight unifications happen once every ten years or less, the last undisputed champion was Lennox Lewis,” Higgins explained to talkSPORT.com.

“He [Joshua] is quoted as saying: ‘I’m not about the money’, but we’re offering a unification, we’re offering 65% and he doesn’t want to take the fight.”

The New Zealand-based promoter went on to reference other previous quotes of Joshua’s in which he has expressed his desire to emulate great sporting champions such as Roger Federer and Muhammad Ali.

“We dropped from 50% to 40% to 35%, but then Joshua starts crowing about Federer, Nadal, Ali and Foreman.”

“Sort your s*** out, Roger Federer didn’t quibble about percentages!”

“The British fans are fooled. He shouldn’t mention Ali or Foreman. You think they would quibble over 35%? It’s embarrassing.”

“We’ll give him a rematch clause and he won’t take the fight, there is no excuse.”

However, despite this attack on Britain’s heavyweight champion, Higgins claimed the fight is NOT yet off the table.

Parker’s promoter also revealed a deal is “close”, but not yet done for Parker to face Australian former champion Lucas Browne as a potential alternative and that Parker’s WBO mandatory could end up being Russia’s Alexander Povetkin.

But, to conclude, Parker’s promoter had one strong message for Joshua: “35% shows we’re confident. The fact he won’t accept that… he should be ashamed of himself.”

Over to you, AJ…

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