Boxing news 2022: Mario Aguilar punches referee flush in the face, video

A boxing referee showcased his world-class granite chin after he was caught flush with a left hook by Mexican star Mario Aguilar.

Aguilar was in action against unbeaten cruiserweight prospect Brandon Glanton with the vacant WBO Global title on the line, The Sun reported.

Going into the contest as a massive underdog, the 31-year-old was looking to land huge bombs in his quest to cause an upset.

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And he landed with a perfect shot he would have been dreaming about — only it connected with the referee.

But in incredible scenes, the official simply shrugged it off after initially stumbling backwards in a video shared on Twitter.

He then resumed his duties, separating Aguilar and Glanton after the latter was put in a headlock.

The fight didn’t last too long after that as Glanton racked up his 17th consecutive victory after knocking out his opponent with a left hook to the body in the second round.

But it was the referee’s iron jaw that proved to be the talking point.

Replying to the video, boxing promoter Loui DiBella tweeted: “This actually happened tonight. Best punch of the round lands flush on the ref.”

Another commented: “He took that well.”

Meanwhile one joked: “What the clip doesn’t show is the ref coming back with a steel chair.”

Referees being accidentally punched isn’t uncommon inside the squared circle, with a female official showing her toughness after being hit during a heavyweight contest in the Commonwealth Games.

Though Mexican referee Jesus Granados had to leave the ring on a stretcher in April after he was struck by Irvin Turrubiartes.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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