British Ref Expected For Joshua-Povetkin

Hoping to not have a repeat of the officiating in his fight against Joseph Parker, Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, believes they will get a British referee on September 22nd.

Joshua, who faces mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium, looks for both sides to agree on a British referee.

“It will be an English ref. We’re looking at an English ref with that fight because they’re some of the best in the world,” Hearn told Sky Sports.

“No one was happy with the ref,” Parker’s promoter David Higgins told Sky Sports last month about Giuseppe Quartarone, who was the referee for Parker-Joshua in March.

Hearn added: “[Parker’s team] wanted a neutral ref. We agreed to that. The refs are put forward, and the [British Boxing Board of Control] selected him. He is a very good ref – he has refereed world title fights and has never done anything controversial. When Joshua and Parker were scrapping on the inside, I thought a lot of the ref’s breaks were justified. But a couple weren’t.”

The BBBofC are responsible for selecting the officials for fights in Britain although, for world title bouts, a fighter’s team can request a non-British referee.

“[Povetkin’s promoters] World of Boxing are happy with a British ref,” Hearn said.

“It will have to be approved by the Board. British refs are the best in the world.”


Initial Report: Sky Sports

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