DEREK CHISORA thanked the referee for ending his fight with Tyson Fury – as boxing fans raged at Del Boy’s team for not throwing in the towel.
Ref Victor Loughlin brought the contest to an end in the 10th round as the Gypsy King continued to dominate.
It was always going to be a difficult evening for underdog Chisora who struggled to deal with Fury’s power and brute force.
But his team showed no sign of throwing in the towel like they did in the second fight between the pair in 2014.
Eventually Loughlin chose himself to end the fight himself in the 10th round and give victory to Fury after Chisora’s corner refused to give up.
After the fight Chisora thanked the ref for ending the fight when he did.
He said: “The ref said, ‘If you don’t do anything else I’m gonna stop it.’ And the ref was right. You have to go home to your kids. As fighters, you don’t wanna stop. That’s why the ref’s there.”
Fans were not happy with trainer Don Charles and the rest of Del Boy’s team for not throwing in the towel themselves.
One said on Twitter: “Don Charles is an idiot, leaving the referee to do that. He shouldn’t have even been in the ring with Fury but after 5/6 rounds his corner has to save him there.”
Another said: “Don Charles has been awful tonight. He should have pulled Chisora out of the fight a few rounds earlier, instead of leaving it to the referee.”
And another fan wrote: “Don Charles failed his fighter there. Sorry have to say. Credit to Victor Loughlin there, a man with compassion. The best ref in the business.”
Despite the controversy, there were no hard feelings after the bout with Chisora and Fury sharing food and meeting each other’s children.
The Ukrainian left fans amused by taking a phone call as he clashed with Fury outside of the ring.
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