19 Sep 2017

Plenty of fury ahead of Parker's title defence

7:50 am on 19 September 2017

The first sparks have flown ahead of the Joseph Parker-Hughie Fury fight in Manchester this weekend.

WBO heavyweight champion Parker and challenger Fury both vowed to win by knockout before facing off at today's media conference.

Ducco promoter David Higgins

Ducco promoter David Higgins Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The conference then heated up when Parker's promoter David Higgins got into a shouting match with Hughie's father and manager Peter Fury over the selection of the referee for the fight.

Earlier this month the British Boxing Board of Control named British referee Terry O'Connor, the same official in charge of Hughie Fury's last two bouts to control the fight.

At the time Parker called it a "home town" appointment, while Higgins said they were appalled.

Higgins was ejected from the media conference.

Both Parker and his trainer Kevin Barry stated they plan to go through with the fight despite the referee dispute.