The first-round knockout of Moises Flores on June 17 that gave Cuban super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux his 18th victory without a loss has been overturned to a no-contest.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has been reviewing the decision since the day after the knockout that apparently happened just after the bell ended the first round of their WBA 122-pound title fight on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Sergey Kovalev rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
At the time, referee Vic Drakulich, after consulting with NSAC executive director Bob Bennett, ruled that the punch was legal and called it a knockout.
On Monday, the Nevada Commission voted unanimously to overturn the result to a no-contest. The WBA will order a rematch because the fight was a mandatory, but Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) has talked about moving up in weight, and could vacate the title. Flores returns to the ranks of undefeated at 25-0 (17 KOs).
“Everybody was pleased with it,” Bennett said. “But had we had audio, like I’ve asked for years, we would have been able to make that decision right then and there instead of waiting to get the results from the miscommunication between the gentleman in the audio trailer for HBO and us saying the punch was before the bell. So if we had the audio, we could have seen it right there that the punch was after the bell. In fact, two seconds after the bell.
“The chairman of the commission would have made the decision the next day, but based on what the state policies are, we had to wait.”
Source: Bob Velin| USA Today