Ring announcer resigns following post-fight controversy that shook the boxing world


The American boxing ring announcer who known as out the wrong winner after a title combat final weekend has resigned.

Following a boxing match between Cherneka Johnson and Nina Hughes in Australia on Saturday night time, announcer Dan Hennessey learn out the judge’s scorecards and mistakenly mentioned Hughes was the winner of the WBA bantamweight title.

The following social media backlash was an excessive amount of to deal with, Hennessey revealed.

“Thanks all for the sort phrases. Sadly, the worldwide backlash is completely unimaginable and it is affecting my psychological well being to a level the place I’ll have another present ever,” he wrote on Fb. “I’m doing this present as a result of I’m nonetheless a person of my phrase … I really like and can keep up a correspondence with all my associates from all over the world. Thanks. Now not the world’s punching bag. I am out.”

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Hennessey learn out the decide’s scorecards and mistakenly mentioned Nina Hughes was the winner of the WBA bantamweight title. (George Tewkesbury/PA Photographs through Getty Photographs)

The resignation comes after Saturday’s controversy shocked the boxing world.

ESPN’s Joe Tessitore ripped into Hennessey over the controversy.

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

On Saturday, Johnson and Hughes went the space and the combat got here all the way down to the judges’ choice.

Each fighters thought they’d gained the competition and had been eagerly ready to listen to how the judges had scored it.

Cherneka Johnson looks on

In distinction, Cherneka Johnson was euphoric to listen to that she had truly gained. (Warren Little/Getty Photographs)

The fighters joined Hennessey and the referee in the midst of the ring and Hennessey initially introduced that Hughes was the winner of the combat.

The enthusiastic boxer started to have a good time however then the error was observed.

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The fighters had been known as again to the center of the ring and Hennessey corrected himself, revealing Johnson gained through cut up choice.

From triumphant to defeated, Hughes was compelled to go from listening to she was the champion to listening to that she had suffered the primary lack of her skilled profession.

“I simply do not get it,” Hughes mentioned after the drama, through Sky Sports activities. “How can they announce I had gained after which change the scores? I assumed I might dominated early. I assumed she gained a number of of the later rounds however I felt like I gained it comfortably.”

She added: “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 huge time. There’s acquired to be a rematch. I did not lose that combat.”

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In distinction, Johnson was euphoric to listen to that she had truly gained.

“I am not the decide and I am simply glad that they discovered the improper choice,” Johnson mentioned. “Nina was a tough fight. I am not the judges, however I undoubtedly suppose I gained that combat. I am simply over the moon I gained this bout.”

Pair of red boxing gloves hanging on the wall

Dan Hennessey learn out the decide’s scorecards and mistakenly mentioned Hughes was the winner of the WBA bantamweight title. The following social media backlash was an excessive amount of to deal with. (Adobe Inventory)

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After the preliminary drama, Hennessey apologized on Fb.

“I personal it. It is all on me. I take full duty for the Chernika Johnson V Nina Hughes controversy,” he wrote. “Not the Judges, not the sanctioned physique. Me.”

He added: “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 attempt to do higher subsequent time. Not my greatest day within the workplace.”

Fox Information’ Ryan Gaydos and Reuters contributed to this report.


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