Giuseppe Quartarone has been confirmed as the referee for the world heavyweight unification fight between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker.
The Italian will be the man in the middle as Joshua puts his WBA ‘super’ and IBF titles on the line against WBO belt holder Parker at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31.
Quartarone has refereed a world heavyweight title fight before, overseeing Alexander Povetkin’s WBA ‘regular’ title victory over Cedric Boswell in 2011, while he has previously worked bouts for Brits Scott Quigg, Martin Murray and Enzo Maccarinelli.
Parker arrived in Britain at the weekend and trainer Kevin Barry expressed his satisfaction at the selection of officials for the bout.
“We’re very happy with the officials that have been appointed,” Barry told Sky Sports.
“We’ve got three judges – one from New Zealand, one from the UK, one from the United States.
“We’ve got an Italian referee. We signed off on those officials [at the beginning of March]. We’re very happy with what the various sanctioning bodies have appointed for us.”