AMERICAN boxer Montana Love was disqualified from his fight with Stevie Spark after pushing the Australian OUT of the ring.

Spark was sent flying over the top rope, WWE style, prompting the referee to bring the bout to a premature end.

Montana Love sent Stevie Spark flying over the top rope

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Montana Love sent Stevie Spark flying over the top ropeCredit: DAZN
Love was disqualified for his WWE style move

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Love was disqualified for his WWE style moveCredit: DAZN
Spark ended up somersaulting over the top rope and onto the floor

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Spark ended up somersaulting over the top rope and onto the floorCredit: DAZN

Love, 27, had been knocked down earlier in the super lightweight fight in Cleveland before a clash of heads saw him suffer a cut above his eye.

But he got a little carried away as he tried to get on the front foot.

With the bout in the sixth round, Love pushed Spark from the centre of the ring all the way back on to the ropes.

From there he sent Spark, 26, careering over the top rope and out of the ring entirely, right in front of promoter Eddie Hearn.

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Luckily the Aussie fighter was unhurt and quickly clambered back into the ring.

He was then handed the win after Love was disqualified.

Speaking after the fight Hearn, who promotes Love, blasted the disqualification as a “terrible decision”.

The Matchroom chief couldn’t have had a better view after Spark practically fell in his lap.

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But he told DAZN: “I saw it right in front of me. It was a terrible decision by the referee.”

Hearn added: “Everyone looked lost in the decision-making process. Montana was rough but he was right, he didn’t pick him up.

“Credit to Stevie Spark. When he fell out of the ring, he got right back up and made his way back to the ring. Montana Love didn’t look for a way out, it was turning into a real fight. Montana got off the floor.

“The referees got to stop making these quick decisions. The referee has a tough job but that was a poor decision. Maybe we’ll do it again.”

Love meanwhile protested his innocence after being disqualified.

He insisted he “never intentionally” sent Spark somersaulting out of the ring.

The American told DAZN: “I’m holding the rope. He elbowed me, was doing dirty tactics all night, roughhousing.

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“I’m not one of those guys that’s going for that. So, I pushed him off me. I never intentionally [pushed Spark out of the ring]. I’m not picking him up.

“He’s wrapping his arm around me, grabbing me, and I just pushed him. It ain’t no I picked him up and pushed out the ring. It was just a terrible call.”


https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/20412383/montana-love-disqualified-boxing-fight-stevie-spark-hearn/