ANTHONY JOSHUA’S world heavyweight unification fight with Joseph Parker is set to be announced this weekend.
But Parker’s promoter David Higgins has already written off AJ’s chances by calling him a “choker” — just like the England football team.
Kiwi Parker, 26, is due to join Higgins in the UK today, who has been in the country since Monday to conclude negotiations.
Joshua is expected to defend his IBF and WBA belts against WBO holder Parker in March at Cardiff’s Principality Stadium — before challenging WBC champ Deontay Wilder to hold all four belts simultaneously.
But Higgins believes the “hyped up” Briton, 28, is incapable of brawling with belts on the line — and will follow in the footsteps of Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions by crumbling under pressure.
He said: “You did say you wish to unify, there is that old saying be careful what you wish for but we will pay you respect for being a man of your word.
“Some people only talk but talk’s cheap so you’re stepping up trying to unify and we think with your style and Parker’s, it will be good for the fans and it will be the fight of the year.
“We have a hypothesis that Joshua is like the English football team. Built up and hyped up, but never steps up when it gets to the top level.
“They will get up to the football world cup finals, but never make the final because they choke.
“So we wonder whether Joshua at unification level will be found out?
“We believe that unification bout is a step too far and we will find out hopefully if we get the fight.”
Higgins said the fight announcement won’t be on Friday as they still have some “contract issues” to sort out.
He told ESPN: "There are a few contractual issues between DUCO and Matchroom, and Hearn and I.
"We haven't finished discussing yet. If we deadlock it might go a few days more. We are very close.
"If we get the deal fully done then I'll send him on a plane straight away. He's on standby to fly."
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