Outrage as helpless boxer suffers sickening KO after being allowed to continue

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There was widespread fury in the comms box on Friday night after Brayan Mairena delivered a sickening knockout punch to a helpless Frank Arnold in the fourth round.

Frank the Tank had already endured some serious damage before the Nicaraguan ended the fight. Arnold had been downed in the third round after a savage shot but neither the referee or his corner acted.

And it has led to some serious criticism from Carl Frampton and Steve Bunce, working as commentators for BT Sport, who could not believe that Arnold's corner allowed him to continue while referee Chas Coakley was also lambasted.

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Frampton flew into a fury, saying: "The kid should have already been stopped before that. I think a lot of criticism has to be thrown at the referee and also the corner. I think it is an important point to make to have someone in your corner who knows what it is like to be in a fight and take and absorb punishment.

"Because there is no way if I was in that corner when I am looking in that kid's eyes coming out for round four I'm letting him fight on, no way."

Bunce interjected and exclaimed: "I've done this before, okay. I've chased ambulances, I've waited in intensive care three or four times. You know my credentials in that sick and dark department.

"If I am at ringside, I am screaming to them so that he can hear me so they can stop the fight and the end of that third round. That's a fact, let's get that absolutely right.

"And the referee, he tried to give Arnold a chance which he should not have done. After the knockdown, he told him to go to his corner and clean his gloves, he did not need to do that.

"He tried to give the kid a chance, if that had been the other way round he would have stopped the fight straight away."

Mairena's win is a mammoth shock having lost 28 of his 43 career fights, facing a young English prospect in Arnold who had been tipped for big things. This is the 23-year-old's second loss, having tasted defeat just once before in his 12-fight career.


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