European Championship retained after bad cut stops the fight but ends in controversy
Gavin McDonnell returned to the ring for the first time since 2019, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and took on the reigning European Champion Andoni Gago on the undercard of Sandor Martin and Kay Prospere.
In the opening round McDonnell was cut badly, on the right eye lid, and all the way through the defending champion, Gago, targeted the eye and the left hook landed with ease every time. At the end of the second round, the blood pouring from the eye, effected the vision of McDonnell and the corner did everything they could to stop the bleed, but the left hand from Gago, would open up the eye more and more.
Midway through the third round, the referee had a hard look at McDonnell's eye, and at the opening of the fourth round the referee consulted the doctor and they stopped the fight. At the end of the contest both fighters stayed in the ring, and David Diamante announced that the referee stopped the fight due to an unintentional head clash and would go down to the judges scorecard.
The scores are in and McDonnell won on one card 50-46 and the other two judges scored it 48-48 and it is a majority draw!
McDonnell got gifted a draw there, left hook clearly caused the cut #GagoMcDonnell— David Lo Pan (@dai_lo_pan) April 23, 2021
McDonnell, will now go back to the drawing board as couldn't really get from the starting blocks, but with a packed division already, can McDonnell have another attempt at glory? But surely this fight happens again as the head clash isn't clear and the champion will be annoyed with the decision. The head clash was hard to see and after a few replays and how quick it happened, well done for the referee in seeing the clash, but Gago will be annoyed in the decision.
DRAW! ????@bigtwinnygav sustains a terrible cut, the referee and ringside doctor call proceedings off at the start of the fifth.— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) April 23, 2021
The scorecards read: 50-46 McDonnell, 48-48, 48-48 therefore Gago retains his European Featherweight Title #GagoMcDonnell #MartinProsper pic.twitter.com/cmRak0erNL