Wilson waits on rematch chance after boxing 'sabotage'

February 05, 2023 11:13 AM AEDT | By AAPNEWS
Follow us on Google News:

Liam Wilson has reflected on the "piss take" that was his attempted world boxing title heist in Phoenix, saying he'd fight Emanuel Navarrete again for the WBO strap if his protest is upheld.

The Australian was nursing a sore head a day after the controversial defeat at Arizona's Desert Diamond Arena on Friday night.

His team have claimed Wilson was "robbed" after the Mexican favourite was allowed 27 seconds to recover from a trademark left hook that floored him in the fourth round.

Navarrete, unbeaten since 2012 in 31 fights, then roared back to win an 11th world title fight in a third division via a ninth-round stoppage.

Those extra 17 seconds after the knock down were life-altering for the unheralded Wilson, whose victory on US debut would have been at least equal to the shock world title upsets by Jeff Horn five years ago and Jeff Harding nearly 30 years before that.

If followed a bizarre weigh-in drama on Thursday, Wilson about 2kg lighter than he had expected to be when the combatants stood on the scales.

Navarrete snuck just under the 59kg super featherweight limit, leading to accusations of cheating and scale tampering to ensure the Top Rank star made weight.

"To me it was just a big piss take and looked well and truly planned to buy him some time," Wilson told journalists in Arizona on Saturday (Sunday AEDT) of the delay that saw referee Chris Flores stop the count, pick up Navarrete's mouthguard and then re-insert it upside down.

"I knew I was against it.

"The scales debacle a day before, then the ref's doing that.

"For us to cause the upset, they would have hated that ... it was easy for them to sabotage because they had power in other areas."

A protest was immediately lodged by promoter No Limit, one the Arizona Boxing Commission will review at their next meeting on February 15.

A blockbuster defence against two-division champion and fellow Mexican star Oscar Valdez is already in the works. 

But Wilson's team want it declared a no-contest, which would strip Navarrete of the belt, wipe the loss off the Queenslander's record and force the WBO into new plans.

"I definitely want a re-match if it's for the exact same position," Wilson said, confirming Navarrete hadn't dismissed the idea of an Australian rematch "if the money was right". 

"It has to be to win a world title; I wouldn't do a re-match for nothing ... (and) I would love to do it in Australia."

Helping Wilson's case is support from the wider boxing community, with respected US analysts backing what could otherwise be viewed as spurious claims.

"It was a piss take, but we hate talking like this," Wilson's coach Ben Harrington said. 

"We're real boxing people. Saying, 'We're robbed' is not us and it's not Navarrete's fault either.

"The last thing you want to do is cry foul, but it's just so blatant that you can't not.

"Unfortunately it's pretty common in boxing; judge corruption, long eight counts."


The content, including but not limited to any articles, news, quotes, information, data, text, reports, ratings, opinions, images, photos, graphics, graphs, charts, animations and video (Content) is a service of Kalkine Media Pty Ltd (Kalkine Media, we or us), ACN 629 651 672 and is available for personal and non-commercial use only. The principal purpose of the Content is to educate and inform. The Content does not contain or imply any recommendation or opinion intended to influence your financial decisions and must not be relied upon by you as such. Some of the Content on this website may be sponsored/non-sponsored, as applicable, but is NOT a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold the stocks of the company(s) or engage in any investment activity under discussion. Kalkine Media is neither licensed nor qualified to provide investment advice through this platform. Users should make their own enquiries about any investments and Kalkine Media strongly suggests the users to seek advice from a financial adviser, stockbroker or other professional (including taxation and legal advice), as necessary. Kalkine Media hereby disclaims any and all the liabilities to any user for any direct, indirect, implied, punitive, special, incidental or other consequential damages arising from any use of the Content on this website, which is provided without warranties. The views expressed in the Content by the guests, if any, are their own and do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Kalkine Media. Some of the images/music that may be used on this website are copyright to their respective owner(s). Kalkine Media does not claim ownership of any of the pictures displayed/music used on this website unless stated otherwise. The images/music that may be used on this website are taken from various sources on the internet, including paid subscriptions or are believed to be in public domain. We have used reasonable efforts to accredit the source wherever it was indicated as or found to be necessary.

Top ASX Listed Companies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. OK