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Boxing fans outraged as ring announcer calls out wrong winner in world title fight: ‘It’s a joke’

  • Ring announcer named Nina Hughes winner of title fight
  • The boxers were recalled and Cherneka Johnson won the fight
  • Hughes was dismayed by the botched announcement afterwards.

A botched scorecard announcement sparked outrage following Cherneka Johnson’s title fight with Nina Hughes, with the wrong winner initially named.

The pair fought for ten brilliant rounds for the WBA bantamweight world title in Perth, Western Australia, but the fight was forced to the judges’ scorecards after neither could find a stop.

Ring announcer Dan Hennessey awarded Hughes the victory by majority decision, 95-95, 96-94, 98-92.

But while she was celebrating, both boxers were called back to the middle and told that it was actually Johnson who won, not Hughes.

Boxing fans outraged as ring announcer calls out wrong winner in world title fight: ‘It’s a joke’

Cherneka Johnson won by decision after learning she lost

“I just don’t understand,” Hughes said.

“How can they announce that I won and then change the scores? I thought I dominated at the start. I thought she won a few of the later rounds, but I felt like I won comfortably.

“I don’t understand how you can announce the winner and then change the scores.

‘It’s a joke. I feel like I’ve been robbed a lot. There must be a revenge. I did not lose this fight.

“I thought I dominated him.”

Johnson was relieved that the correct decision was finally read.

“I’m not the judge and I’m just happy they made the wrong decision,” Johnson said.

“Nina was a tough fight…I’m not the judges but I definitely think I won this fight. I’m just over the moon, I won this fight.

Nina Hughes was furious over the botched dashboard, saying she felt like she had been robbed.

Nina Hughes was furious over the botched dashboard, saying she felt like she had been robbed.

Johnson was relieved and happy that the correct ruling had finally been read

Johnson was relieved and happy that the correct ruling had finally been read

Promoter Lou DiBella later stepped in to apologize for the mix-up, saying they had “messed up.”

Boxing fans went all out with the social media debacle.

“Dismissable offense for an advertiser,” one fan wrote on X.

“It was shocking to see, I feel bad for both fighters,” replied another.

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