Glenn Foot argued with the ringside doctor to be “given one more round” in his British and Commonwealth championship defeat to Sam Eggington.
The gripping title double was stopped at the start of the ninth round with the Sunderland fighter having suffered a bad cut to his left eye.
I thought he was tiring and I was ready to sling a few shots at him that round, but the doctor told the ref to stop it.GLENN FOOT
Referee Steve Gray asked the British Boxing Board of Control’s medic to look at the wound.
He advised the Lancashire official to end the fight, which the ‘third man’ duly did.
With Mr Gray ruling the cut had been caused by an accidental clash of heads, the contest had to be decided by the judges scorecards with Foot losing via a technical decision.
All three scored it for Eggington, Howard Foster (80-72), Phil Edwards (80-71) and Terry O’Connor (79-72).
Foot was involved in animated discussions with the doctor and he told the Echo he’d argued to be given more time.
“I could have been given one more round,” he said. “I told them ‘give me one more round’.
“I thought he was tiring and I was ready to sling a few shots at him that round, but the doctor told the ref to stop it.
“I thought he was coming in with his head a bit, but it was an accidental head clash, it’s boxing, it’s one of those things.
“I’m just gutted for my family and fans.”