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Bob Arum details early 2018 ESPN boxing schedule, says Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker bout 'very, very close'

Bob Arum details early 2018 ESPN boxing schedule, says Anthony Joshua-Joseph Parker bout 'very, very close'

Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum turned 86 Friday, and his age-defying energy is seen in his passion for the boxing matches he’s scheduled — or is closing in on — for early next year.

Arum, who co-promotes New Zealand’s World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (24-0, 17 knockouts), said negotiations are “very, very close” in finalizing a March 31 title-unification bout against unbeaten International Boxing Federation/World Boxing Assn. champion Anthony Joshua (20-0, 20 KOs) of England.

The bout would be staged at Principality Stadium in Wales, and Showtime is expected to televise the match, Arum told the Los Angeles Times. Joshua scored a 10th-round...

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