IN an extraordinary scene (even by boxing’s standards), Joseph Parker’s promoter disrupted the WBO heavyweight world champion’s press conference today with challenger Hughie Fury. Seemingly intoxicated, David Higgins launched into a rant about the appointment of a British referee, Terry O’Connor, for Saturday’s world title fight in Manchester. Security had to haul the promoter away and take him out of the room.
Accompanying Higgins was former heavyweight Frans Botha who also tried to interrupt the press conference and was also removed by security.
It infuriated Peter Fury, Hughie’s father and trainer. “You’re rattled,” he shouted. “Who gives a f*** about you or your bodyguard. F*** off. Squealing like a pig.”