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Team Parker Claim Ref Couldn't Speak English, Joshua Disagrees

Joseph Parker's team has hit out at referee Giuseppe Quartarone after the Kiwi heavyweight's unanimous points loss to British superstar Anthony Joshua in Cardiff, saying the Italian "couldn't speak English'.

Parker became the first man to stretch the London Olympic champion (21-0) the full distance but it was scant consolation as Joshua took his WBO title, adding it to his IBF, IBO and WBA belts.

Two of the three judges scored the bout 118-110 and the other 119-109, the widest margin ironically coming from New Zealand's Ian Scott.

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But, while not blaming him for the loss, it was referee Quartarone that Team Parker most took issue with at the post-fight press conference.

The Italian stopped the action on several occasions as Parker attempted to find his way into the middle of the ring.

"When the ref came to the back, he couldn't speak English," Parker said.

"Kev (trainer Kevin Barry) was trying to talk to him and ask him questions about how he was going to control the fight."

Joshua later denied the claim, saying the two-minute talk was "in perfect English" and his social media channels would show that.

"Obviously when one guy's got the 76-inch reach and the other guy's got 84-85 it's very important to us when we do close the distance that we're able to work," Barry said.

"Unfortunately for us the referee just didn't allow us to do that. I tried to speak to him when he came down the back and he had no idea or understanding of the question I asked him."

Barry conceded that his charge was beaten by a "better, better man" but also took issue with the scoring.

"I thought after six rounds it was our fight to win," he said.

"Joe landed a lot of very good body shots that obviously the judges sitting at ringside tonight didn't score."

Parker (24-1) said there was only one way to move forward from the first loss of his professional career.

"Set up another fight," he said.

"Our whole team has worked hard to get here and deserve a break and some time at home with our families.

"Once that's done, once we're relaxed we want to set up another fight straight away."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by DocGreenThumb. on 04-10-2018

[QUOTE=BombSquad;18629012]WHAT THE FXCK HAS LIL G DONE TO BE IN TOP 10!?!?!?!?!?! GTFOH ain't got no time for DCAFS!! :bottle::bottle::bottle:[/QUOTE] He has 4 belts obviously. Middleweight Champion of the world. Wow like that needed xplaining. Go away moron. Stop hatting…

Comment by Oshio on 04-01-2018

I really do not like excuses after defeats. I may not like Wilder but one thing I like about him is, he does not give excuse or excuses for not doing the right thing

Comment by GlassJoey on 04-01-2018

Ref was terrible and prevented a bad fight from having any chance to get more interesting. I don’t think a better ref was likely to alter the outcome but he took away Parker’s only hope. Should definitely rematch at some…

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 04-01-2018

Eddie's refs don't need to master the English language. As long as they can speak the word "yes," he loves them.

Comment by Travycat on 04-01-2018

That's a shame. Parker was such a good sport in the ring after the fight. Barry is still salty from Lewis kicking Tua's arse all those years ago and now losing his (probably last) shot again as a trainer in…

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