Ref Takes An Accidental Left Hook To The Kisser During WBC Title Fight, Somehow Stays On His Feet

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It’s not often you see a title fight live up to the hype. But on Saturday night, a packed house at the Air Canada Centre witnessed a doosey in the WBC light-heavyweight title between Quebec’s Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Badou Jack “The Ripper.” The fight went back-and-forth for 12 rounds with both boxers’ supreme skill sets openly on display. It ended in a majority draw, with one judge scoring it 115-113 in favor of Jack while the other two had it 114-114. Stevenson thus retained his belt.

During the 12th round, as the boxers were tangled up in an attempt to gather strength to throw another punch (Stevenson landed 165 punches on Jack, Jack 189 on Stevenson), British referee Ian John-Lewis made his way in to separate the fighters. Bad idea.

At that moment, Badou Jack threw a directionless left hook that drilled the ref in the kisser, sending him stumbling back. I probably would be in a coma, but Ian John-Lewis took it like a champ.

No word on whether John-Lewis entered concussion protocol.

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