DRUNK AND DISORDERLY
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