Barry comes out swing­ing at ‘mup­pet’

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Barry has fi­nally un­loaded.

He was asked about Quar­tarone in an ex­ten­sive in­ter­view with FightTalk and didn’t hold back.

‘‘We didn’t have to make a com­ment about the ref­eree af­ter the fight be­cause the whole world got to see it,’’ Barry said.

‘‘Here we had the first uni­fi­ca­tion fight in the heavy­weight di­vi­sion in over eight years, two un­de­feated young world cham­pi­ons . . . for god’s sake couldn’t they have given us one of the best ref­er­ees in the world to of­fi­ci­ate over a fight of this mag­ni­tude in­stead of a mup­pet who ac­tu­ally de­stroyed the fight,’’ Barry said.

‘‘He ru­ined it for both fight­ers and he ru­ined it for all the fans.

‘‘It was an ab­so­lutely ap­palling per­for­mance. I don’t even need to say that be­cause ev­ery­one else has said it. But a fight of that mag­ni­tude . . . it should have been of­fi­ci­ated by the best, not by some sub­stan­dard guy.’’

Quar­tarone’s’s of­fi­ci­at­ing played into Joshua’s game plan. Joshua, with a big­ger uni­fi­ca­tion fight against Deon­tay Wilder loom­ing, didn’t want to take risks against the dan­ger­ous Parker and was con­tent to op­er­ate be­hind his jab and phys­i­cal ad­van­tages to see out a con­ser­va­tive points win.

Parker’s only hope of vic­tory was to get on the in­side and brawl Joshua. But ev­ery time he got up close, Quar­tarone stepped in to break up the tan­gle.

Barry was un­sure who would con­trol the fight be­tween Parker and Whyte but said it cer­tainly wouldn’t be Quar­tarone.

Parker is work­ing through his first week in camp in Las Ve­gas since the Whyte fight was sur­pris­ingly an­nounced late last week in Lon­don.

Barry said it had been a tough time for the 26-year-old.

‘‘Poor old Joe doesn’t know where he is,’’ Barry told FightTalk. ‘‘He did 34 hours of fly­ing in three days to get here so we have been work­ing through the jet­lag.

‘‘The sec­ond week will be a lot bet­ter for Joe.’’

Ref­eree Giuseppe Quar­tarone.

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