There was complete anarchy when a star fighter misunderstood a referee ruling. Seconds later he was out cold after trying to walk away.
Like a scene from a horror movie when only the audience can see the bad guy lurking in the shadows, the boxing world has had to watch on as a star fighter was helpless against a knockout punch he never saw coming.
The British lightweight title fight between Maxi Hughes and Paul Hyland ended in controversy when the 31-year-old turned his back to the ring as a result of a breakdown in communication with the referee, The Sun reports.
After turning his back in the belief that he had been knocked down and had 10 seconds to recover, Hyland was oblivious as Hughes rushed in from behind him and knocked him out cold from over his back shoulder in the eighth round.
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Hughes had landed some crippling body shots that left Hyland doubled-up in pain on the MTK Fight Night undercard.
Referee Mark Lyson dived between the two fighters, appearing as though he was ready to score for a knockdown.
But Hyland didn’t touch the canvas as Hughes was told to go the neutral corner.
Hyland then turned his back on the referee and Hughes and walked towards the other corner, seemingly believing the ref had scored the knockdown.
He hadn’t and it ended in disaster.
While Hughes fully deserved to win the fight and the Lonsdale belt, the manner of victory will leave a sour taste all round.
Hughes keeps up his superb run of form during lockdown, having now beaten Jono Carroll, Viktor Kotochigov and Hyland Jnr in the space of seven months.
In the main event Lee McGregor produced a sensational performance as he stopped Karim Guerfi in the first round to win the European bantamweight title.
McGregor (10-0, 8 KOs) dropped Guerfi (29-5, 9 KOs) three times in round one, with the first two knockdowns coming from body shots.
A ferocious left hook ended the fight.
It means that in just his tenth professional fight, McGregor has become British, Commonwealth, and now European bantamweight champion.
— This story originally appeared in thesun.co.uk and has been republished with permission