Joseph Parker’s manager, David Higgins: “We’re actually a lot more relaxed about it, because when Junior is lying on the ground, it doesn’t matter who the judge is.” The former WBO champion faces the Fa on Saturday
By Richard Damerell
Last Updated: 23/02/21 10:07
Joseph Parker has been involved in a heated argument with Junior Fa over the judges for this weekend’s heavyweight bout between rivals New Zealand.
The former WBO champion returns to face the Fa in Auckland on Saturday, but disagreements over officials have flared up again during their press conference.
Fa manager Mark Keddell has suggested that Parker will be favored by the judge from Christchurch, a charge his opposing coach Kevin Barry has denied.
“We looked at the jury list,” said Keddell. “The Barry family is a very successful Christchurch family, and we just thought there were some Auckland boys fighting, so we had to have an Auckland judge.
“We feel very strongly about that.”
Fa coach Eugene Bareman joked: “We definitely don’t want Kevin’s partner from the pub to be one of the judges.”
Barry replied: “What they have to say about my influence in Christchurch is pretty good. I left Christchurch in 1992. I haven’t lived in Christchurch or New Zealand for nearly three decades.
“The fact that I have all this influence with officials in Christchurch is simply ridiculous.”
Parker’s manager David Higgins revealed that he had made a “compromise” and hoped the dispute could be resolved ahead of the fight.
“Dealing with Mark Keddell is more complicated than dealing with Eddie Hearn or Bob Arum, because this is a great moment to shine,” said Higgins.
“He’s the smartest person in the room. We’re actually a lot more relaxed about it, because when Junior is lying on the ground, it doesn’t matter who the judges are.”
A clash with Derek Chisora could be next for Parker, if he overcomes the Fa, and the 29-year-old is determined to deliver a decisive win.
“There are no secrets, do fights, a fighter wants a knockout,” said Parker. “That’s what I’m going to be looking for. I think that’s what he’s going to look for too, but I know I have the strength to knock him down.
“I want to get to him early.”
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