Tyson Fury must earn trust before meeting with Anthony Joshua

British heavyweight Anthony Joshua works out with his trainer Rob McCracken

GETTY IMAGES British heavyweight Anthony Joshua works out with his trainer Rob McCracken

The possibility of Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker taking place is nearly a done deal, with both promotional and managerial parties set for discussions today to finalise the bout for March 31st.

Joshua, who will put his IBF and WBA titles on the line against Parker, has often pined for a shot at former champion Tyson Fury - a fight that Hearn said he wants to start negotiating immediately, despite not having confirmed the bout with the Kiwi. Negotiations have been drawn out but are close to a conclusion, with WBO champion Parker settling for around 33 per cent of the fight purse.

Anthony Joshua set for heavyweight showdown with Joseph Parker

"[Parker's promoter] David Higgins landed this morning and we are meeting this afternoon to plough the agreement and solve any outstanding issues", Hearn told Sky Sports.

"If we can do that then it's likely Joseph Parker will jump on a plane towards the end of this week".

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Higgins was equally as optimistic as talks are set to resume, but insisted there were still some issues to "iron out".

"When it comes to the major things in this deal, we are already on the same page", Higgins said.

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For his imminent 21st outing, McCracken is hoping Joshua can drop down around half a stone (seven pounds) in order to maximise speed against risky and unbeaten New Zealander Parker. That counts for a lot. We have both set aside quite a bit of time to iron out the final details. "Again, nothing until the contracts are signed".

Joshua, 28 years old, stopped Takam in the tenth round, but he exhausted in the later rounds and didn't perform as well as he did in previous fights.

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Parker, who also holds a win over Takam, fought back in September when he traveled over to Manchester to secure a decision win over undefeated mandatory challenger Hughie Fury.

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