Montana Love was disqualified in her hometown of Cleveland after pushing and knocking Stevie Sparks off the ring after a nasty collision that left a cut in Love’s eye.
The ultralight prospect then complained to the referee, David Fields, that Spark had elbowed while objecting to the result.
In an entertaining duel, Love was dropped in the second round despite being a heavy favorite. While the hometown boxer then went on to hit harder shots leading to the halfway point, southpaw Spark went on to have a rough night.
In the sixth round, the heads came together and left Love with a nasty cut above his left eye. The lesions were examined by the ring doctor, who allowed the fight to continue with the aim of continuing to monitor the bleeding.
He didn’t have to, because when the action continued the Spark was all gone and the now partially blind Love surrounded him, shoving him onto the ropes and knocking him off the ring.
Spark made the landing like an Olympic gymnast, but that didn’t convince Fields not to land immediately. There was confusion when both fighters went to the top of the ropes to celebrate a win that no one really knew was awarded or to whom.
After everything was cleared up by Weeks, Love and the coach protested and promoted Eddie Hearn entered the ring, telling his boxer they would appeal the decision that cost the Cleveland man his first career loss.
Besides, love remained adamant that it was a wrong decision. He talked to DAZN in consequences.
“I just pushed him. Not ‘I picked him up and threw him out of the ring’ or anything. It was a bad call. Very bad review of this referee… This man, he can’t beat me or me or none of that – and that’s what I want to prove tonight. “
Spark also expressed frustration surrounded by a chorus of boos. Hearn sided with Love when analyzing the referrer’s decision after crediting Spark for being ready to fight.
“The referees have to stop making these quick decisions. Reference DQ got into a fight and then looked like ‘oh what did I do?’ They have a tough job, but a bad decision to disqualify Montana Love… We’ll have to talk to the committee, I know Montana will appeal. [to] roses and maybe we will do it again. “
A rematch seems possible.