Frank Warren has doubled down on his claim that the punch that dropped Oleksandr Usyk in his clash with Daniel Dubois was not a low-blow.
On Saturday night, Usyk stopped Dubois in the ninth round of their fight to defend his unified WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight world titles.
The victory was marred by controversy, however, as Dubois dropped Usyk with an attempted body shot in round five that was ruled a low-blow by the referee and the Ukrainian was given almost four minutes to recover.
But, both Dubois and his promoter Warren believe this was harsh and that the Brit should now be champion, although Usyk’s team dispute this.
Warren told talkSPORT on Monday morning: “I don’t blame Alex [Krassyuk] (Usyk’s promoter) for what he’s saying, because they don’t want us asking for a rematch, but we’re going to.
“Usyk, I’ve got a lot of respect for him, he was a tremendous cruiserweight and he’s been a really good heavyweight, but he does have previous for complaining about low-blows, he done it against Anthony Joshua in their fights.”
And Warren continued by saying that he plans to appeal the decision: “Although all the belts were on the line in the fight, it was the WBA’s turn as far as their mandatory is concerned, so what we’ll do, is we’ll collate our photographic and video evidence and present it to them and present what was said at the rules meeting determining what were legal and what were illegal blows and they’ll have to make a decision.
“I’d like them to declare it a no contest because Daniel should have those three belts around his waist, but if we can get it to a rematch then that’s where we’ll get to.”
Warren added: “The game plan out there was to go to his body, because he definitely has a weakness to his body… but he’s going to have to do more than that the next time he fights him.
“He could have won the fight, he needed to step on the gas a bit more, but whatever way you look at it, he should be the champion.”