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Scott's Chisora defeat protest rejected

ESPN staff
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Malik Scott was praised for his professional manner in the aftermath of his defeat by Dereck Chisora © Getty Images
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Dereck Chisora's knockout victory over Malik Scott in July will stand after the British Boxing Board of Control threw out Scott's appeal that he beat the count.

The previously unbeaten American was caught by an overhead right to the head in the sixth round and dropped to his knee as the count began.

But while Scott did not look in any great distress, he did not move to stand up until the count had reached nine. Referee Phil Edwards called off the bout off as Scott rose to his feet, prompting Scott's corner to lodge a formal protest after the fight.

That protest has been thrown out by Robert Smith, general secretary of the BBBoC, who issued this response to Scott's promoter, Dan Goossen.

"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'."

Smith also shot down Goossen's insistence that Scott did not receive a 10-count: "In the United 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."

Smith did commend Scott and Goossen for their professionalism after the fight and the courteous nature of their appeal, ensuring a fraying of relations with the licencing body would stand in the way of a potential rematch with the newly crowned WBO international heavyweight champion.

"Mr Scott conducted himself in an extremely professional manner during his stay in the UK both before and after the contest and should he wish to return to the UK he would be very welcome," Smith added.

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