BOXING fans fumed after the World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight fight between Mairis Briedis and Krzysztof Glowacki ended in a controversial farce.
Latvian Briedis, fighting in his home country and nicknamed ‘The Cheat’, won the semi-final clash with a third-round stoppage.
3 Mairis Briedis caught Krzysztof Glowacki with an illegal elbowCredit: Sky Sports
But it only came after the 34-year-old smacked Glowacki with a thunderous elbow and then pummelled him for almost 20 seconds after the bell, when referee Robert Byrd failed to hear the ring to end the round.
UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier raged: “I may have just seen the craziest s*** ever in a boxing match in Latvia.
“Elbow got landed. The ref didn’t hear the bell, they may have fought 15 seconds after the bell.
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“Dude that got elbowed got knocked out less than a round later.”
Former super-middleweight boxing champ Caleb Truax said: “That has to be a no-contest.
“Glowacki was cheated by an incompetent referee”.
3 Mairis Briedis beat Krzysztof Glowacki in the World Boxing Super SeriesCredit: Sky Sports
3 Mairis Briedis stopped Krzysztof Glowacki in the third roundCredit: Sky Sports
1/3 – CONTROVERSY! Mairis Briedis stops Krzysztof Glowacki in the 3rd round.The fight was full of controversy starting with this elbow in the 2nd round… pic.twitter.com/hZTDiEJsJf— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) June 15, 2019
Briedis vs glowacki fight has to be a fix !! K/O after the bell & a elbow to the face !! Has to be a investigation madness— Logan Wright (@wildwrighty92) June 15, 2019
Briedis full-on elbowed Glowacki?!!!And then also got to punch a defenceless Glowacki for about 20 seconds after round end???!That is shambolic!!#BriedisGlowacki— CR Boxing (@CRBoxing) June 15, 2019
That has to be a no-contest. Glowacki was cheated by an incompetent referee— caleb truax (@GoldenCalebT) June 15, 2019
The Breidis vs Glowacki bout should be changed to a ‘no contest’. Breidis landed a nuclear, dangerous and unsportsmanlike elbow. And the ref showed major incompetence to let the round go for 6 seconds after. WBSS should replay this semi-final before the final. RT = agree— Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdom14) June 15, 2019