Australian boxing veteran Billy Dib has been taken to hospital after a rising star was disqualified from their fight for an illegal move.
Australian boxing star Billy Dib has won the IBF International Lightweight and WBO Oriental Lightweight titles after his opponent was sensationally disqualified for an illegal move.
Dib, a former two-time world champion, faced undefeated rising star Jacob Ng on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, but the fight ended in controversial fashion.
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The fight was even and the pair shared great exchanges, but Ng had the advantage as the fight progressed.
But things took a surprising turn in round six when the Dib and the Ng got tangled in a clinch.
Ng was clearly frustrated with the tactic and responded by throwing the veteran to the canvas in a WWE-style move.
After landing heavily on his back, Dib was in severe pain and a doctor was called to attend to him, but he was unable to continue.
The fans in attendance were unimpressed with the decision and the referee confirmed that Ng had been disqualified for the illegal maneuver – handing the victory and the titles to Dib.
The on-site announcer confirmed: “Jacob Ng has been disqualified due to wrongdoing.
“Therefore, the winner of this contest is Billy ‘The Kid’ Dib.”
The 36-year-old was taken to hospital, where it was confirmed that one of his ribs had dislodged, fracturing three others.
Dib took to social media to say he has no ill will towards Ng and hopes to recover from his injuries soon.
“First and foremost, I want to thank the Almighty that Jacob and I are safe,” Dib wrote.
“A big thank you to my team, beautiful family of supporters and sponsors for your love and support last night.
“I am currently in hospital with three dislodged (sic) ribs which have caused 3 separate fractures due to being turned over to the canvas. I’m fine and I’ll be back on my feet soon.
“Jacob is a talented young fighter with great potential and I don’t believe there was any malice (sic) in his actions last night.
“It was a great fight that I think was only going to get better towards the later rounds, in line with our game plan.”