Johnson speaks to Green following the ruled knockout.
Appeal Expected to be Filed by the End of the Week
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has been informed by Greg Leon, advisor to Allan Green, that his team will formally appeal last Saturday’s knockout of Green by Glen Johnson at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Referee Robert Byrd waved off the bout in the eighth round following a knockdown by Johnson, which Team Green feels came as a result of rabbit punches.
“The fight was close, no doubt about that,” Leon stated. “But my guy was winning, and I just want him (to) be able to win or lose within the rules. He was hit in the back of the head at the end of the third round and then again in the eighth. He should have been given time to recover. I just hope the Nevada Commission hears our case fairly. If they do that, I have no doubt they will overturn the referee’s decision.”
At the time of the stoppage, two of the three judges had Green ahead on the scorecards.
Leon has brought in boxing attorney Josh Dubin to handle this case. Dubin had previously worked an appeal for Nate Campbell in 2009 that resulted in having a TKO loss to Timothy Bradley overturned to a no contest. Campbell did not come out after the third round due to a large cut over his left eye, but it was later determined the cut occurred after an accidental clash of the heads.
“A review of the fight makes it clear that the blow which put Mr. Green to the canvas, and led to Mr. Byrd stopping the fight, was a rabbit blow. No question about it,” Dubin said. “There is absolutely no point in having rules in the first place if they are not going to be enforced. Now, it is just a matter of asking the Nevada State Athletic Commission to apply its own rules. That is all we ask for. I have full confidence that the Commission will do that.”
After the appeal is officially filed later this week, the Nevada State Athletic Commission will have 60 days to come to a decision.