Daniel Dubois’ camp mentioned they’re lobbying for a no contest following a controversial low blow call within the British boxer’s loss to world heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in Wroclaw.
A ninth-round knockout ensured Usyk saved maintain of his WBA, IBF and WBO belts with a 14th knockout win in 21 fights, a lot to the delight of the massive contingent of his fellow Ukrainians who’ve resided in Poland since Russian’s invasion of their nation final yr.
Nonetheless, promoter Frank Warren advised reporters on the post-fight press convention that the contest was spoiled by the referee’s resolution to enable Usyk to get better after he was buckled by a low blow from Dubois within the fifth.
The shot was deemed unintended, however Warren mentioned his camp could be taking motion looking for both a no contest or rematch.
He mentioned: “The scenario is that we are going to be lobbying the WBA to declare this as a no contest.
“The knockdown which the referee mentioned was beneath the belt… the punch truly landed on the waistband of his shorts.
“The standards, as is defined on the guidelines assembly, waist is the mid-point of your hips. So it’s a lot decrease.
“That was a legit blow and (the struggle) ought to’ve been stopped. He received three minutes and 46 seconds restoration time, which was improper. He received it improper the referee and I nonetheless don’t perceive, if it was a low blow, why he didn’t take any factors off him.”
Warren added: “I don’t assume (the referee’s) crooked, I believe he simply received it completely improper.
“Consequently, it ought to be declared a no contest within the worst case, or a rematch ordered.”
Dubois didn’t attend the press convention, however earlier advised talkSPORT: “It wasn’t to be my evening. However that wasn’t a low blow, it was a physique shot. I’m gutted.”
Dubois was the overwhelming underdog however he had tipped the scales on Friday nearly a stone heavier than Usyk’s 15st and 10lbs body, and the Londoner did himself justice with a battling efficiency.
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky appeared on the enormous screens earlier than the struggle to ship a rallying cry for his nation of their warfare with Russia.
The group on the Tarczynski Enviornment chanted “Usyk, Usyk, Usyk” because the motion received underneath manner with Dubois decided not to be overawed.
The 25-year-old tried to maintain the centre of the ring however Usyk’s correct jab noticed him shade the opening spherical.
Dubois was extra adventurous in the beginning of the second however was briefly set again on his heels by some highly effective pictures.
Usyk stayed on the skin to dominate the subsequent two rounds however Dubois was proving many pre-fight predictions improper by remaining within the contest.
Usyk was put down by the unintended low blow within the fifth, however was given time to get better.
Nonetheless, Dubois sensed this was his second and the pair traded heavy punches.
The unhealthy feeling between the pair was evident because the bell sounded and Dubois continued to give attention to the Ukrainian’s physique within the sixth.
Usyk upped the tempo within the seventh, forcing Dubois to take a backward step and leaving the Londoner marked for the primary time.
Dubois recovered within the eighth however within the closing 10 seconds he was dropped to the canvas.
He managed to get again to his toes because the bell sounded however there was to be no respite for Dubois.
Usyk charged in once more and put down Dubois once more for the referee Luis Pabon to wave the struggle off.