Ahead of their superfight on Saturday 29th April, both Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko demand neutral officials for the heavyweight showdown.

The officials are set to be announced next week or at the start of fight week in a bout which sees Joshua’s IBF title on the link along with the vacant WBA title.

Officials from Great Britain, Ukraine and Germany are excluded from the list.

The British Boxing Board of Control who have licensed the fight believe there is a list of 10 officials for the clash at Wembley Stadium.

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Secretary for the British Boxing Board of Control, Robert Smith, spoke to The Telegraph stating that the board will have no influence on the decision.

Both of the teams are studying the shortlist and will come to an agreement, as is always the case on these occasions,

We are simply mediating the process, and as the licensee of the officials, we want to get the best people in place. This situation is not usual, but nor is it particularly common, either.

Smith did not label the request as abnormal and said everything seems to be running smoothly in the build up to the fight.

We have heard from the teams of both boxers, and they are very much in co operation with each other. Many British officials judge and referee world title fights in this country, and we always expect our officials to be ‘neutral’ in their work,

That goes without saying. But on this occasion, we are simply responding to the requests of both parties involved in this fight, one of the biggest we have seen for some time.

Everything is running smoothly and we expect to announce the referee and the three judges late next week, or early in fight week.

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