The British Boxing Board of Control has rejected American Malik Scott's appeal that he did beat the count in his July defeat to controversial British heavyweight Dereck Chisora.
32-year-old Scott, who has a record of 35 wins, one loss and one draw in 37 professional fights, was sent to to the canvas in the sixth round after a fierce right to the head from Chisora and was subsequently counted out by referee Phil Edwards.
Scott and promoter Dan Goossen, however, insist that the Philadelphia fighter was upright on his feet as the count reached nine and should therefore have been allowed to continue.
However, BBBoC general secretary Robert Smith has strongly refuted these claims and swiftly dismissed Scott's hopeful appeal.
"When describing the process of Mr Scott rising, you quite correctly make reference to Mr Scott 'having nothing on canvas but his feet' at the count of nine," Smith said in a statement to Goossen.
"However, under British Boxing Board of Control Rules (3.32) a boxer is deemed to be 'down' by one of four criteria, one of which is 'when the boxer is in the act of rising.' Therefore, the point at which the boxer has nothing on the canvas but his feet is not the point at which the boxer is no longer 'down'."
He continued: "Most importantly, after a boxer is 'down' boxing can only continue when the boxer 'is in a position and a condition to defend himself'."
Chisora's victory was the 17th in a 21-fight heavyweight career to-date, with defeats to Tyson Fury, Robert Helenius, Vitali Klitschko and David Haye the only plotches on his record thus far.
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