Cherneka Johnson tops Nina Hughes in fight after boxing ring announcer mistakenly calls out wrong name


A hoop announcer for a boxing match between Cherneka Johnson and Nina Hughes made a brutal mistake on Saturday night time after the 2 fought for the WBA bantamweight title.

Johnson and Hughes went the gap and the battle got here right down to the judges’ resolution. Each fighters joined Dan Hennessey and the referee in the midst of the ring. Hennessey initially introduced that Hughes was the winner earlier than he corrected himself.

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Cherneka Johnson through the IBF Tremendous-Bantamweight World Title towards Ellie Scotney at OVO Area Wembley on June 10, 2023, in London. (Warren Little/Getty Photographs)

Hughes started to have a good time earlier than she was referred to as again to the center of the ring. Hennessey then introduced Johnson because the winner. It was Hughes’ first skilled lack of her profession.

“I simply do not get it,” Hughes mentioned after the drama, by way of Sky Sports. “How can they announce I had gained after which change the scores? I believed I would dominated early. I believed she gained just a few of the later rounds however I felt like I gained it comfortably.

“I do not get how one can announce the winner after which change the scores. It is a joke. I really feel like I have been robbed large time. There’s bought to be a rematch. I did not lose that battle.”

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Johnson gained by way of cut up resolution.

She mentioned after the match she needed to settle for the redo when Hennessey introduced her because the winner.

Nina Hughes in June 2023

Nina Hughes celebrates victory over Katie Healy through the WBA Bantamweight World Title battle at OVO Area Wembley on June 10, 2023, in London. (Warren Little/Getty Photographs)

“I am not the choose and I am simply glad that they found out the improper resolution,” Johnson mentioned. “Nina was a troublesome battle. I am not the judges, however I positively suppose I gained that battle. I am simply over the moon I gained this bout.”

ESPN’s Joe Tessitore ripped into the announcer because the incident occurred.

“I would like clear up what we noticed with this absolute clown present, rubbish newbie hour we noticed with the ring announcer moments in the past,” he mentioned.

Hennessey posted an apology on Fb.

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“I personal it. It is all on me. I take full duty for the Chernika Johnson V Nina Houghs controversy,” he wrote. “Not the Judges, not the sanctioned physique. Me. I’ve apologized to all concerned and now I apologize to you. I’m sorry for what occurred. Once more I personal it and might solely try to do higher subsequent time. Not my finest day within the workplace. I assume all of the s—-y coments (sic) on socials I’ve coming. Once more I’m crushed and sorry for my s—storm of a efficiency (sic). You all deserved higher. Sorry once more.”

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