Claiming “ten is never called by any referee in any contest in this country," the British Boxing Board of Control rejected Malik Scott’s appeal on Wednesday afternoon.
The 32-year-old Scott was finished by unhinged bloke Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora in the sixth round of their WBO International Heavyweight Championship bout on July 20 at Wembley Arena in London.
Nicknamed “King,” the 6-foot-5, 232 pound Scott (35-1-1, 12 KOs) was handling the 29-year-old Chisora (17-4, 11 KOs) throughout the affair.
However, the 6-foot-2, 242 pound Chisora eventually landed a solid overhand punch that left Scott woozy on the canvas.
While lackadaisically attempting to stand upright, Scott was counted out by referee Phil Edwards.
"When describing the process of Mr. Scott rising, you quite correctly make reference to Mr. Scott 'having nothing on the canvas but his feet' at the count of nine," wrote Robert Smith, general secretary of the BBBoC.
"However, under British Boxing Board of Control Rules (3.32), a boxer is deemed to be 'down' by one of four criteria, one of which is 'when the boxer is in the act of rising.' Therefore, the point at which the boxer has nothing on the canvas but his feet is not the point at which the boxer is no longer 'down.’ Most importantly, after a boxer is 'down,' boxing can only continue when the boxer 'is in a position and a condition to defend himself.’ In theUnited Kingdom (like many countries) the count of the referee (having picked it up from the timekeeper) is 'seven, eight, nine, out.' Ten is never called by any referee in any contest in this country."
Surely to Scott’s displeasure, the BBBoC absolutely made the correct ruling today.
Rather than throwing fists in the autumn, perhaps the loony Dereck Chisora should relish his victory over Malik Scott and seek the help of a respected psychiatrist.
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