Hughie Fury bout hit by referee row

Peter Fury will be in the corner of son Hughie against Joseph Parker

He however isn't overly concerned about the officiating when it comes to challenging Joseph Parker at the Manchester Arena on Saturday.

Londoner Marcus McDonnell, who had been selected as a judge, will now referee the fight, with original referee Terry O'Connor taking McDonnell's spot on the judges table.

The change is not completely to Higgins liking as he wanted a non-English referee for the bout from the outset.

Higgins isn't anxious about O'Connor switching to the judging panel, and says he doesn't suspect anything suspicious to appear on the scorecards.

"The eyes of the world are going to be on these officials and I'm sure they're going to want to be seen to be doing a good job, I think it would be very risky for any official to not be fair".

The judging panel now consists of two Americans and the British O'Connor. But there was still a possibility a New Zealander could replace an American on the judging panel.

Higgins is waiting on word back from the WBO and said: "If there is a Kiwi to offset the Brits, that would be fine".

Higgins' efforts have finally paid off and told "There has been a lot of drama about the officials for this fight and quietly behind the scenes we have been writing good letters to the organisations and we have been offered a compromise by the BBBoC which we will accept". We have not got neutral officials but we did not like the ref that we had. "I don't believe it's going to go to the scorecards, I don't feel like there will be any need for the judges because I believe I'm going to knock him out early". I've got no interest in a referee, judge, or anything else. They were standing pretty steady over the last week to 10 days, saying "these are going to be the officials, this is the referee, so lump it".



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