Australian boxer Stevie Spark was “robbed” in Mexico as the sport was left stunned by the judges’ scorecards.
The 26-year-old Toowoomba product, who earned national respect when he fought Tim Tszyu on short notice after Michael Zerafa pulled out in 2021, fought a 10-round thriller against Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez vs John Ryder.
The Aussie was knocked down in the sixth round but otherwise looked the better of the two fighters during their bout for the WBA Inter-Continental Super Light title.
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However when the decision went to the scorecards, it was little surprise to see the judges lean in favour of the hometown pugilist.
Valenzuela won a split decision 96-93, 94-95, 95-94 despite many viewers agreeing Spark had won the bout.
Two of the three judges were Mexico locals, and Australian boxing has an unfortunate history of odd decisions when fighting overseas.
Prominent commentators Jessica McCaskill and Darren Barker awarded the fight to Spark – as did promoter Eddie Hearn – and social media lit up with experts and punters alike bemoaning the decision.
“Australia’s Stevie Spark has been robbed by split decision in Mexico,” Main Event host Ben Damon tweeted.
Since losing to Tszyu in 2021, Spark had won four fights on the trot before Sunday’s dodgy defeat.
His career record now sits 16-3 with 14 knockout wins.
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