Heavyweight Malik Scott’s appeal to have his stoppage loss to Dereck Chisora overturned has been rejected by the British Boxing Board of Control.
The previously unbeaten American was stopped by Chisora in the sixth round of a bout in London a few weeks ago after failing to beat the count. Scott argued that he had in fact beaten the count but while he did not look like he was in any great distress he did not attempt to get up until after the count of nine.
Referee Phil Edwards called off the fight, prompting Scott’s promoter Dan Goossen to lodge a complaint with the board of control.
Quoted on espn.co.uk and responding to Goossen’s official complaint, Boxing Board of Control General Secretary Robert Smith said: "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," Smith wrote.
"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’."
August 7, 2013