Latvian boxer Mairis Briedis won the WBO cruiserweight title against Krzysztof Glowacki on Saturday in a performance clouded in controversy as the referee appeared to miss an illegal elbow shot which dropped his opponent.

Breidis, who was fighting in front of his home support, landed an elbow to the head of Glowacki as he exited from a clinch. 

Referee Robert Byrd seemed to miss the illegal shot, and the Polish fighter was knocked down a further two times, the second of which came after the bell.

Bredis finished the fight in the third round with a powerful right hand. 

Breidis said that his illegal shot was retaliation for a strike Glowacki landed to the back of his head.

“I think the referee didn’t do nothing, then I did a little bit of a dirty punch but I’m sorry for how I responded, it’s my old Muay Thai style,” he said.


Boxing is always a bit sketchy when it comes to officiating.  

It’s a fight, that’s going to happen.  

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