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Italian to referee Parker v Joshua

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Italian Giuseppe Quartarone has been confirmed as the referee for Joseph Parker's world heavyweight unification fight against Anthony Joshua in Cardiff on April 1 (NZT).

Parker's WBO belt will be on the line as he looks to capture Joshua's IBF and WBA crowns and unify three of boxing's four major titles.

Quartarone is relatively inexperienced in controlling world heavyweight title fights, having previously overseen just one when Alexander Povetkin defended his WBA title against Cedric Boswell in 2011.

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The European officiated a WBA super welterweight title fight in France last week.

Team Parker are delighted with the fight appointments.

"We're very happy with the officials that have been appointed," Kevin 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."

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