Parker’s Promoter Explains Press Conference Argument
A pre-fight press conference for Joseph Parker’s WBO heavyweight title defense against Hughie Fury on September 23rd was interrupted as Parker’s promoter David Higgins became involved in a heated exchange with Peter Fury regarding the decision by the British Boxing Board of Control to name Terry O’Connor as referee.
Higgins was led away by security as Fury issued an expletive-laden response, but the Duco Events director says he was merely standing his ground in the ongoing dispute about the ring official.
“It looks dramatic, but the reality is – I was angry because Peter Fury agreed to a neutral referee, the contract states that,” Higgins exclusively told Sky Sports.
“The WBO guidelines said that. That’s why Peter got angry. If you watch the press conference again, you will focus on my behaviour, but I tell you what I was calmly pushed out. Peter Fury was very angry and he knows, because he’s an honourable man, that I’m right… I don’t blame the Furys, I blame the British Boxing Board of Control, but the reason Peter was angry, because he knows I’m right. Peter Fury went mental, he’s used to being respected, and he deserves some respect. I respect him, because I believe him that he does want a neutral referee.”
The opposing promoter, Mick Hennessy ruled out concerns that the fight would be called off, despite the dispute, although Higgins believes this disagreement has been ’embarrassing’ for the home challenger.
“Of course the fight is going ahead and I have got nothing against the Furys, I just want a fair fight,” said Higgins.
“But if I want to call the fight off, I might be able to, because the contract does say a neutral referee. I feel sorry for Peter and Hughie Fury – it’s a bit embarrassing. They probably want a neutral ref.”