Footage has disclosed Jeff Horn’s concerned cornerman went about coach Glenn Rushton’s head to enable referee Phil Austin know it was time to phone off the “imminent destruction” by Tim Tszyu.
Horn was completely broken, and outboxed by Tszyu on Wednesday night time acquiring been dropped in the 3rd in advance of tumbling two far more times.
But when the 32-yr-aged sheepishly built it again to his corner following the eighth round, Rushton was hesitant to phone the combat, asking Horn: “Have you obtained a punch still left in you or not? Give us a moment …”
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Rushton’s willingness to send out Horn again out was labelled in commentary as “disgraceful” by Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech, even though The Everyday Telegraph’s Paul Kent mentioned it was “embarrassing, to be honest”.
In the end, it was cornerman Adam Copland — who fought on the undercard — that told Austin to end the combat, though the official was on his way to phone it off anyway.
Both way, it was not Rushton himself who has been forced to defend himself towards scathing criticism about his dithering about a potentially dangerous selection.
The coach told The Courier Mail that he would never ever danger the welfare of Horn, who he sees as a “son”.
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“We told Jeff ‘you have to demonstrate us something’,” Rushton told the publication.
“Jeff was declaring, ‘I want to continue to keep going’. We know how competitive Jeff is but we had to say to ourselves ‘has he obtained the pop still left in him to earn the combat?’
“(Brother and cornerman) Ben was declaring to give him just one moment in round nine to see if he can land a massive shot.”
Rushton went on to say that (referee) Austin known as the combat, and that he would have been “very near to calling it” himself if in the similar placement.
The footage obviously exhibits Austin appear specifically at Copland who waves the combat off, though the referee is considered to have been on his way to phone it anyway.
Copland told Sporting News Horn “doesn’t have it in him” to stop, so when Rushton asked if he could keep on, the relaxation of the corner understood what had to be done.
“He just didn’t appear very good. He had too much coronary heart for his individual very good,” Copland mentioned.
“Phil came about and mentioned ‘I consider you’ve had enough’ and Jeff was unresponsive. I consider Stephen Edwards, Ben and I all mentioned ‘please, mate just end it’ and Phil stopped it.
“In the rounds, he (Rushton) was declaring ‘show me something’ so he was having there, but he desired to give Jeff a likelihood.”
Commentator Ben Damon declared on Thursday: “Thank goodness they stepped in.”
“Austin told them all the combat was about and Copland took it upon himself to ask Austin to formally close it, even nevertheless that is not his part in the corner,” Damon told foxsports.com.au.
“Thank goodness they stepped in.
“No boxer deserves to just take needless punishment and thankfully we didn’t see an Australian sporting legend sent out for an imminent destruction in round nine final night time.”
“Rushton has questionably sent Horn again into fight in advance of, with each legendary and sickening results, but the change here was he was simply never ever in the combat with Tim Tszyu,” he mentioned.
“There would not have been a ‘punch from the gods’ this time – it was a massacre.”
He added: “Jeff Horn will never ever stop. He is a warrior to his absolute main and what he’s done for Australian boxing need to not be underestimated. The sport is flourishing since of what he did towards Manny Pacquiao and we are permanently grateful. In no way does a gentleman of his status should have to be unnecessarily crushed or humiliated.”