Joshua v Parker Referee Confirmed
On the eve of fight week, Joshua v Parker referee confirmed with both sides happy with the appointment.
Anthony Joshua will be defending his WBA ‘super’ and IBF titles, as he looks to take Parker’s WBO title on March 31. Now we know the referee between these two excellent heavyweights—Italian Giuseppe Quartarone.
The Italian is not new to British soil and has refereed in plenty of world title bouts. Back in 2011, he was the man between Alexander Povetkin and Cedric Boswell where Povetkin came out victorious and took the WBA ‘regular’ title.
He has also been the referee in matches involving some of the leading names in British boxing such as Scotts Quigg, Kid Galahad, Martin Murray and Chris Eubank.
Joseph Parker’s team is pleased with the selection. Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry had this to say, “We are very happy at the officials that have been appointed. We’ve got three judges —one from New Zealand, one from the UK, one from the United States.
“We’ve got an Italian referee. We signed off on those officials (at the beginning of March). We’re very happy at what the various sanctioning bodies have appointed for us.”
This choice has been well accepted by both sides. Considering what happened when AJ went against Carlos Takam, we can expect the judges to do better this time. Many people believe that the match should have been allowed more time. AJ was looking as though he was slowing down while Takam still had a lot of steam only for the fight to be ended in the 10th round by referee Phil Edwards.
Joseph Parker arrived in the UK on Saturday ahead of the fight build-up. This is undoubtedly the fight everyone is hoping to see.
While AJ has the backing of his UK fans, it will not be a good idea to take the New Zealander any less seriously. In fact, his trainer Rob McCracken claims that Joshua could come “unstuck” if he did so.
There has been a lot of exchanges between Anthony Joshua and American Deontay Wilder, but this should not be the reason he loses focus on his immediate threat Joseph Parker. Indeed the 26-year-old from New Zealand is fast with his jabs, and his footwork is phenomenal as many a former challenger can attest.
McCracken said, “He’s busy, he’s unbeaten, he’s got quick hands, he believes in himself, and he’s got a decent game.
“If you underestimate boxers like Joseph Parker, you could come unstuck, but there’s none of that going on here
“Anthony will take it deadly serious and get the win against Parker and then in the future potentially box Wilder.
“All that matters now is his next fight on the 31 March.”
Well, with the well experienced Italian referee Giuseppe Quartarone, we can expect a fair bout between these two heavyweights.