Watch: Anthony Joshua's promoter says unification bout with Joseph Parker 'very close', agrees to 'overpay' Kiwi champ

Anthony Joshua's promoter says a fight with Joseph Parker is very close as he admits giving in to some of the demands made by Parker's camp.

Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports UK a unification bout between Parker and Joshua could happen as soon as March next year, with the two parties close to a deal now.

"Joshua is the Willie Wonka golden ticket fight everybody wants," Hearn said.

"So unfortunately for him it's going to mean sometimes taking a deal that isn't right but my job is to represent Anthony Joshua and to deliver the deals that are right."

Hearn said the fight was a necessity for the UK fighter - even if it meant damaging the purse they wanted from the bout.

"We're not just going to fold over and let them tickle our belly and give everything away but we ultimately understand that we're going to have to overpay Joseph Parker to get that unification fight.

"We need these belts and they know that as well - Anthony Joshua's pure aim is to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world; to do that he has to beat Joseph Parker and Deontay Wilder."

Hearn said while it hasn't been easy, he has at least made progress with one camp.

"The Wilder fight is in dreamland at the moment with his demands, the Parker fight is very close. Hopefully we can get that over the line before Christmas, pick up the WBO world title in March and then move on for the big one with Wilder."



Granddaughter following in sporting footsteps of New Zealand's oldest living Olympian

Our oldest living Olympian is adding to her list of proud moments, with her granddaughter following in her sporting success.

Ngaire Galloway (nee Lane) is getting ready to watch 17-year-old Gina Galloway compete at next month's 2018 Summer Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.

Described as a "a powerful and stylish swimmer", Galloway was New Zealand’s first female swimmer to hold concurrent junior, intermediate and senior national records.

She was also the only swimmer and female in the New Zealand team to compete at the 1948 London Games.

Seventy years on, granddaughter Gina is showing the same form. Last year she won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas.

Gina visited her Nana in Nelson today for a final "goodluck" before her next big event.

The pair not only share the swimming gene, they are both backstroke specialists too.

"From a young age, listening to all her stories, of her travels, the friends she's made and the experiences she's gained from swimming has been really really inspiring," Gina told 1 NEWS.

Both agree the technique has changed , but the goal - to be the fastest- remains the same.

"Three years ago I was still swimming 30 lengths, but I struck some back trouble," says Ngaire.

At 92, she’s enjoying being a spectator.

"She's able to livestream into the races I'm doing and Dad always sends her the links so she can watch. It's always cool knowing she's watching from Nelson," says Gina.

Now Ngaire hopes to catch Gina's medal moment in Argentina.

"I'd probably just about collapse with excitement."

"You better be careful," she tells her granddaughter.

Ngaire Lane, 92, is getting ready to watch her granddaughter compete at the Youth Olympics. Source: 1 NEWS

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'You tapped the glass window' - Conor McGregor mocks UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov about bus attack

Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has finally faced off with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in New York, with neither fighter holding back in a war of words during a press conference in New York today.

Nurmagomedov criticised McGregor's ground game and fitness inside the octagon.

"I think I am going to make him tired," said Nurmagomedov.

"When he is tired he always gives up."

The two are set face off for the UFC lightweight title on October 7 in Las Vegas.

He also mocked McGregor's move to boxing where he lost by TKO against Floyd Mayweather Jr last year.

"When you move to box(ing) he tapped there. You tap like chicken."

The 30-year-old Irish star was quick to fire back, mocking Nurmagomedov for his reaction during his bus attack in April, where he threw a steel dolly at a bus full of UFC fighters in Brooklyn.

"You tapped the bus window," said McGregor.

The former lightweight and featherweight UFC champ agreed to a plea deal with the Brooklyn District Attorney's office in July, which allowed him to avoid a criminal record.

"I'll tap your head off the canvas."

McGregor has an MMA record of 21 wins and three losses, with Nurmagomedov unbeaten in 26 bouts.

The outspoken Irish fighter hasn't fought since November 2016, where he became the first double champion in the UFC after defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight strap at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Khabib and other UFC stars were on a bus in Brooklyn in April when Conor threw a steel dolly at the window. Source: UFC


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Former UFC champion Jon Jones to return to the octagon after 15-month doping suspension

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones should be eligible to fight by late October after completing a 15-month suspension for a doping violation.

The US Anti-Doping Agency today announced the length of Jones' ban for his second violation of the UFC's anti-doping policy.

The decision means the 31-year-old Jones could even fight at UFC 230 in New York on November 3, if the UFC decides to book his comeback bout on that card.

Jones is widely considered the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, but he has repeatedly sabotaged his own career.

He reclaimed the light heavyweight title from Daniel Cormier last year, but the victory was taken away when he tested positive for a steroid metabolite.

Jones also failed an out-of-competition test in 2016.

ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 29:  (L-R) Jon Jones punches Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event inside the Honda Center on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
Jon Jones punches Daniel Cormier in their UFC light heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 214 event inside the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California. Source: Getty


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Watch: Sonny Bill joins daughters in comical Rocky Balboa inspired training video for upcoming bout

Sonny Bill Williams has called in the help of his daughters, Aisha and Imman, to promote his return to the boxing ring in December, with the star posting a hilarious Rocky Balboa inspired training video on social media today.

The cross-code star will fight Australian millionaire Stu Laundy on December 1, in a charity event to fundraise money for the homeless in New Zealand and Australia.

The 33-year-old All Black posted on his Instagram account today a video of him squatting with one daughter on his arm and another on his shoulders.

He also performs sit-ups while feeding his kids in the video.

"I'm back in the ring Dec 1st - Fighting for those who happen to be a bit down on their luck and are homeless in Aotearoa and Australia. It's an honour to be part of this special event ❤️," posted Williams.

He's in line to make his Test rugby return against the Pumas in Argentina next Sunday, after three months out following a shoulder injury against France.

The cross-code star is set to step back into the ring in December in a charity event for the homeless. Source: Instagram/ sonnybillwilliams