Stevie Spark wins in Cleveland after Montana Love disqualified

Australia’s Stevie Spark has defeated Montana Love in extraordinary fashion in Cleveland on Sunday after his opponent was disqualified in the sixth round.

Spark found himself outside the ring, having been helped there by Love following a clinch between the pair.

The moment sparked furious scenes at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse as Love and his team pleaded their case with the referee.

Promoter Eddie Hearn also voiced his discontent, telling Love he will be entitled to 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.

“We’ll appeal it on Monday.”

Shortly before the flashpoint which ended the fight, the ringside doctor was called in to assess a cut above Love’s left eye caused by an accidental headbutt moments earlier.

Both fighters came out aggressively following the break, clinching before getting tangled up in the ropes, eventually ending with Spark on his feet outside the ring.

Earlier, Spark had dropped Love with a right hand in the second round, although the hometown boy appeared to regain his composure.

This match was the Australian’s US debut after he signed a promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing.

Spark has handed the undefeated Love his first loss which was on his home soil.

The 25-year-old felt robbed as a boxer after the fight given the circumstances of his victory. 

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

“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.”

However, Love said he was disappointed but would love a rematch with the Aussie.

“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,” said Love.

“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.”

Spark’s victory sees him clinch onto the WBA Intercontinental Super-Lightweight title.

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