Opinion | Sep 24 2015

Why any boxer deliberately fouling should be disqualified immediately

There should be no second chance for a fighter who breaks the rules, writes Mickey Vann
Referee Steve Gray disqualifies Bradley Saunders
Bradley Saunders disqualified  |  Action Images

IT’S the start of the new boxing season and it’s warming up nicely with a few highs and lows already.

A personal high for me was Mayweather retiring, then we had a low with George Groves on a hat-trick of losses and there seems to be some disquiet behind the scenes there. We have also had Jamie McDonnell returning to the Lion’s Den and keeping his title intact. And another high with future world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua securing his hold on the Commonwealth title with a 97-second destruction of Gary Cornish. Then last weekend we had another plus with an awesome display of body punching from Stephen Smith – yet another of the Smith clan on his way to a world title shot – who proved that you don’t have to poleaxe them with head shots all the time; go downstairs and take the wind out of their sails.

Then when all was looking rosy, we had a downer with Bradley Saunders, 11-0, doing the unthinkable and losing his composure. Referee Steve Gray showed his star status by disqualifying Bradley for an intentional head butt, no warnings just Goodnight Vienna. On the plus side for Bradley he held his hands up for the offence no excuses.