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MON­DAY Septem­ber 18, 2017

THERE are ex­tra­or­di­nary scenes at the press con­fer­ence to pro­mote this week­end’s WBO heavy­weight ti­tle fight be­tween cham­pion Joseph Parker and chal­lenger Hughie Fury. Parker’s man­ager David Hig­gins, seem­ingly in­tox­i­cated, is re­moved from the room by se­cu­rity per­son­nel af­ter launch­ing into a rant about the appointment of a Bri­tish ref­eree (Terry O’con­nor) for the big fight at the Manch­ester Arena.

Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Hig­gins is South Africa’s former heavy­weight beltholder (and early-ca­reer Parker vic­tim) Frans Botha, who like­wise is thrown out by se­cu­rity.

Fury’s pro­moter Mick Hen­nessy says of the ref­eree appointment: “It’s down to the gov­ern­ing bod­ies – we can’t do any­thing about that.”

Hughie’s fa­ther-trainer Peter Fury, adds: “I want my son to win a world ti­tle with no hid­den agen­das. Now Hig­gins is ba­si­cally say­ing that be­cause of the ref­eree it’s not fair. The Box­ing Board of Con­trol is one of the most re­spected of­fi­ci­at­ing groups in the world – is he say­ing I’ve got them in my pocket?

“I’ve got no in­ter­est in a ref­eree or a judge or any­thing else. I’m here to see my son win a world ti­tle and that’s what we’ve been train­ing for. We’re here, the fight’s hap­pen­ing, they’re paid.”


GOING TO BAT: Trainer Peter Fury [pic­tured] re­sponds to Hig­gins’ out­burst

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