"Let the best man win" - it's a pity that boxing sometimes doesn't let that happen. Think Mick Conlan in the Olympics and the recent 118-110 scorecard of #CaneloGGG. We hope the same incompetence doesn't happen in the fight between WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker and British challenger Hughie Fury in Manchester, England this weekend.
It's quite absurd that the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBoC) has elected referee Terry O'Connor - a character remembered for this controversial night. In 2009, O'Connor handed Tyson Fury a points win over fellow Brit John McDermott in a decision that drew outrage. O'Connor was the ref AND sole judge and ruled 98-92 to Fury. The Guardian's respected boxing correspondent Kevin Mitchell labelled the verdict "one of the worst ever witnessed"
O'Connor has also handled Hughie Fury's last two fights - doesn't really sound like a 'neutral' referee does it? The referee is sure to play a pivotal role, and with this appointment it may help with Fury's game plan - to use his reach, box on the outside and tie up Parker when he closes the distance. So, has the BBBoC screwed up with this appointment?
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