Officials judging Joseph Parker’s bout with Joe Joyce cannot allow another controversy to mar their heavyweight clash on Saturday, a New Zealand manager has warned.
Former WBO world champion Parker, who hails from South Auckland, has found early success in Britain while training outside Morecombe. He previously lost to Anthony Joshua and Dillian Whyte in the UK and defeated Hughie Fury and Derek Chisora.
But manager David Higgins is concerned about refereeing ahead of this weekend’s clash with Joyce at the Manchester Arena.
“We’ve had some honor disputes in the UK. So every one of Parker’s big fights on UK soil has been ruined by terrible refereeing. Even the last one against Chisora, even though he knocked Chisora out I think three times, it was one of the British judges. It was almost a draw,” Higgins said. Sky Sports.
Michael Alexander scored that contest 114-112, which was as close as the New Zealand team felt was fair.
“It was horrible,” Higgins continued. “We’re thinking a little. [in] This fight with Joyce. Joyce is tough and tough and if there are close rounds, we want the umpires to play straight bats and not let conscious, bias or unconscious bias come into play. So hopefully we get a fair ride on UK soil.
“I don’t want to say anything against individual officials. They are all experienced and I have no complaints about the experience of the officials,” he continued. “I hope that this kind of conscious bias does not come into play on the opposition scene.”
If Parker has a chance to win, that will take the outcome out of the judges’ hands.
Even so far as a pro, Joe “Juggernaut” Joyce shows no signs of slowing down, let alone stopping.
“He’s going to come into this fight with confidence because he’s undefeated. He’s undefeated and it’s only been one stop. But I’ll be the first guy. [say,] “Hey Joe, stand right there,” he said. “You’re running at me and I’m going to give you your first loss,” Parker said. Sky Sports News.
“I’ll beat him. He’ll be mad because he can’t catch me and I’ll be too good for him. You’ve got too much speed to single him out and when I’m going to pick Andy.” [Lee, his trainer] He tells me the time is right, and if I can, I’m going to take him out. He is very strong and strong but if you keep up these punches you will eventually fall.
Parker insists his work with Andy Lee is paying dividends.
“When you train the job and train hard, you’re not nervous going into a fight. You don’t have doubts and you’re just confident,” he said.
“There are many weapons in my arsenal now. Before I spoke, I was a fighter who boxed and moved and I didn’t push the defensive and passive action.
“Now I want to push the action. I’m going to be there, standing toe-to-toe going at it. That’s what I want to do.
“I can beat everyone in this category,” he said. “Just give me the chance and I’ll beat them all and I’ll show that first with Joe Joyce.”