Higgins Criticizes BBoC On Road To Parker-Whyte

After the referee nearly stole the spotlight of his fighter’s clash with Anthony Joshua, David Higgins is raising concerns about Joseph Parker’s return to the United Kingdom against Dillian Whyte.

The two top heavyweight contenders square off on July 28th at the O2 Arena, and Higgins is hoping that a selection of an official such as Giuseppe Quartarone, who Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry claimed did not speak English following the Anthony Joshua fight, does not happen again.

“We New Zealanders are very fair-minded people. We believe in a level playing field,” Higgins told Sky Sports. “It’s in our culture, we expect the same wherever we go.

“The British Board of Control is probably one of the most respected boxing commissions in the world.

There is probably a handful of referees in the world, maybe half a dozen, four or six that are considered the best in the world. Everyone knows who they are, so why for a heavyweight unification [did] they choose an obscure Italian, who has mostly officiated lighter weights?

Higgins also took issue with an English official being selected for the former WBO world champion’s title defense against Hughie Fury in 2017.

“They are on notice. We would like to see the British Boxing Board of Control and the officials selected be competent, experienced, well-known professionals,” Higgins told Sky Sports.”Ideally neutral with a good track record. We hope that’s not too much to ask.”

General Secretary of the British Boxing Board of Control, Robert Smith, assured Higgins that the July 28th clash with Whyte will have top officials on hand.

He told Sky Sports: “The British Boxing Board of Control will make the appropriate appointments in due course for a very important fight for both boxers, and the officials appointed will be world class.”


Initial Report: Sky Sports

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