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Stevie Spark beats Montana Love via disqualification after bizarre finish, video

Australian boxer Stevie Spark has scored the biggest victory of his career, but it came in the most bizarre circumstances.

The 26-year-old from Toowoomba flew to Cleveland to take on previously unbeaten American pugilist Montana Love for the WBA Intercontinental super lightweight title.

Love was the short-priced favourite and the popular pick to beat Spark, who lost to Tim Tszyu last year after famously stepping up to replace Michael Zerafa in that bout at the last minute.

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But it was Spark who did the early damage on Sunday, dropping Love in the second round.

Spark was believed to be winning the fight when in the sixth round he collided heads with Love, and the American had to be checked by the ringside doctor as the fight was paused.

It was when the fight resumed in the sixth round that Love bizarrely hugged Spark and pushed him back onto the ropes, then the Aussie was lifted and fell out of the ring.

The referee stopped the fight and disqualified Love, handing victory to Spark.

Love was clearly filthy at the decision.

“It was a bad judgement call tonight,” Love said afterwards.

“The fight was just getting started. It turned into a dogfight like we expected. Obviously the referee didn’t let it get to that point.

“He just made a quick decision. It was amateur hour.

Fight promoter Eddie Hearn was equally dismayed, and he got into the ring to voice his frustration.

“I didn’t need to see it again, it happened right in front of me,” Hearn said.

“It was a terrible decision from the referee. He acted much too quickly.

“It was a moment of 20 to 30 seconds of madness from the headbutt suffered to Montana , the doctor coming in – I don’t know, everyone looked lost in the decision making process.

“The fight started again… Montana was rough, he definitely pushed Stevie Spark back. He didn’t pick him up, he didn’t throw him over the ropes.

“And by the way, credit to Stevie Spark, because when he fell out of the ring he got straight back up to get back in the ring… a lot of people would have taken a way out. Steve wanted a real fight, and it was turning into a real fight.

“The referees have got to stop making these quick decisions like this. They have a tough job, but that was a poor decision.

“We’ll have to speak to the commission, I know Montana will want to appeal to the commission.”

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