Boxing 2022: Stevie Spark Vs Montana Love, ‘utter meltdown’ as Aussie thrown out of the ring, reaction

Aussie boxing star Stevie Spark has claimed his first win in the US but it was far from how he wanted it after US star Montana Love was disqualified for throwing the Aussie from the ring.

Spark, who was fighting in his debut for Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing promotion and is best known for going up weights to fight Tim Tszyu when the Michael Zerafa fight fell over, was tossed from the ring by his opponent in the sixth round.

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The referee immediately waved the fight off, much to the disbelief of everyone involved.

The incident stemmed from a clash of heads early in the fifth round when a cut over Love’s left eye began pouring blood.

Spark had a great round five, arguably his best of the fight but Love was clearly hampered.

Love told the ringside doctor “I can’t see s**t” but wanted the fight to continue.

When the sixth round began, Love lost his mind, throwing Spark over the rope and out of the ring.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that before,” the commentator screamed.

Main Event’s Ben Damon tweeted: “DQ!!!!!! Stevie Spark wins it after an utter meltdown by Montana Love!!!!”, before adding: “Seemed that as soon as he was cut he wanted out.”

Damon was thrilled for Spark, who was showered in boos from the Cleveland crowd, posting: “Classy stuff in the ring from Stevie Spark as the crowd boos and Montana Love continues to lose his mind! What a great bloke! What a win!”

CODE Sports’ Brendan Bradford commented: “Montana Love has been disqualified for this in absolutely wild scenes in Cleveland. Toowoomba’s own Stevie Spark wins!”

Spark was well in the fight, having earned a knockdown in the second round.

But it’s not how the Aussie wanted it to happen he told DAZN after the fight.

“Thank you to Cleveland for the hospitality,” Spark said.

“My job is to fight, and this has changed my life. I’m devastated how it ended.

“I got the early knock down and I was fighting with my whole heart, it was growing into a great fight, but we didn’t want it to end this way.”

Love was equally unhappy after coming off on the wrong side of the disqualification.

“For a moment I couldn’t see, I didn’t know how bad the cut was. The whole plan was to let him wear down and grab him in the later rounds. I definitely want to fight him again,” Love said.

“He was using dirty rough house tactics all night and I pushed him off me, I didn’t lift him up or throw him out of the ring.

“We wanted him to tire out and catch him later on, and that’s where it was going.

“I want to do it again, he can’t outbox me or outfight me, let’s do it again.”

Hearn blew up after the fight, saying he would appeal the decision.

“The decision’s made. It was the wrong decision,” Hearn said.

“It was a terrible decision by the referee. He acted much too quickly. It was a moment of 20 or 30 seconds of madness from the headbutt… everybody looked lost in the decision making process.

“Montana was wrong. He definitely pushed Stevie Spark back. He’s right, he didn’t pick him up, he didn’t throw him over the rope.

“And credit to Stevie Spark, when he fell out of the ring, he jumped straight back up to get back in the ring. A lot of people would have looked for a way out, he didn’t look for a way out. He wanted a real fight and it turned into a real fight.

“The referees have got to stop making these quick decisions. The ref DQed the fight then looked like ‘what have I done’. They have a tough job but that was a poor decision.”

He added the pair might have to have another fight down the line.

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