On the undercard of the Kubrat Pulev vs. Hughie Fury fight in Bulgaria, bizarre scenes unfolded at the end of a fight between Georgian light heavyweight Levan Shonia and Spas Genov. The bout went the distance and Shonia was about to lose on the scorecards, but evidently he decided he wasn’t done fighting.
Before the official decision was to be read, Shonia appeared to challenge Genov to another round of fighting, and when the referee intervened, he soon took his frustrations out on his trainer, who was also trying to calm him down. Shonia fired off a right hand that just missed.
Again he went towards Genov, then backed away, and his coach tried to reel him in, only to take a right hand to the shoulder, showing some superb defense while behind the ropes. The trainer then implemented what is presumably the Republic of Georgia equivalent to a Stockton Slap, which did land to the side of Shonia’s head, and then Shonia attacked with the left hand and the only scare he caused was having his trainer try not to fall off the ring apron.
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Astonishing stuff from Bulgaria tonight as a boxer goes rogue after refusing to accept defeat and exchanges shots with his own coach. pic.twitter.com/mVsVOPB42p
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) October 27, 2018
Well if he can’t land on his own coach then presumably he was struggling to find any success against his actual opponent.