Joseph Parker's promoters are appalled at the appointment of a local referee for Parker's next title defence fight against English boxer Hughie Fury.
Joseph Parker (right) with trainer Kevin Barry (left). Photo/ PRN.
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) has appointed British referee Terry O’Connor to control Parker's title defence against British Hughie Fury at Manchester Arena later this month.
Terry O'Connor also officiated Hughie Fury's last two bouts.
Promoter and boss of DUCO Events, David Higgins, says it's an unfair call.
"We're shocked that they want to put a British referee to officiate a world-title fight," he says. "It goes against the guidelines of WBO and it goes against the signed contract between us and the Fury camp."
David Higgins. Photo/ Samoa Observer.
Higgins says they challenged the decision but were given an inadequate response.
"I've been sending polite and respectful letters over and back for several weeks... they ruled out any feel and confirmed the referee."
DUCO Events is unhappy with BBBC's decision and it's inconsistency with the rules.
"How can they be certain there wouldn't be any unconscious bias especially with a vocal home crowd?" says Higgins. "The referee is the most important official because they're quite critical so it's disappointing."
Despite all this however, Parker says he's enjoying London and he's ready for next week's showdown.
"Everything's clicking at the moment, training's going well, sparring's going good. We're a happy camp."
Parker will face Fury on September 24.
Joseph Parker in London ahead of his fight with Hughie Fury. Photo/ Supplied.