Neil Magny wanted to win against Hector Lombard during their bout at Fight Night Brisbane, but he couldn’t stand further damaging a helpless fighter who obviously couldn’t take any more beating. He tried to give referee Steve Perceval a cue that the fight had to be stopped, but Perceval just couldn’t get it.
The victor expressed his disappoint towards the referee during the post fight conference.
“As much as we’re in this sport to win or whatever, it’s hard to sit there and put that kind of damage on a guy and not have it stopped. The ref is in there to protect the fighter, and he wasn’t in a position to protect himself at all. The ref should have stepped in earlier, I thought, but that’s not my job. I guess I just keep fighting. I don’t know.”
Watch the controversial fight’s highlights here.