Promoter Eddie Hearn believes that Anthony Joshua’s next fight against Alexander Povetkin will be refereed by a British official, Boxing Scene report.
Joshua is set to take on the Russian mandatory challenger at Wembley Stadium next month and discussions are already underway as to who will officiate the bout.
Italy’s Giuseppe Quartarone was the man in the middle for Joshua’s last fight against Joseph Parker back in March and came in for some criticism, however, Hearn revealed to Sky Sports that he expects a British official to be in charge this time around.
It will be an English ref. We’re looking at an English ref with that fight because they’re some of the best in the world.
[Povetkin’s promoters] World of Boxing are happy with a British ref. It will have to be approved by the Board. British refs are the best in the world.
Three of Joshua’s world title fights have been officiated by British referees, however, the Brit’s clash with Wladimir Klitschko last year was refereed by United States’ David Fields.
A win against Povetkin could set up the biggest fight of Joshua’s career next April, with Dillian Whyte, Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder all possible opponents for another Wembley showdown, however, Joshua must first come out on top against the Russian.