Italian Giuseppe Quartarone has been confirmed as the referee for the world heavyweight unification fight between New Zealand's Joseph Parker and Anthony Joshua.

Joshua v Parker: Handspeed & Unpredictability. / Supplied by TAB

The Cardiff bout on April 1 will be his second world heavyweight title fight. He oversaw Alexander Povetkin's WBA title victory over Cedric Boswell in 2011.

Joshua v Parker: The Shorter Man Advantage. / Supplied by TAB

The three judges for the fight will be from New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

"We're very happy with the officials that have been appointed," Parker's trainer Kevin Barry told Sky Sports.


"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."

Joshua v Parker: How Does Joshua Win? / Supplied by TAB
Joshua v Parker: How Does Parker Win? / Supplied by TAB
Joshua v Parker: Parker's Attack Options. / Supplied by TAB