Upset: Mattice beats Dutchover on a cut

Lightweight Thomas Mattice (15-1-1, 11 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten hometown favorite and highly regarded Michael Dutchover (13-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at La Hacienda Event Center in Midland, Texas.

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Both fighters had their moments in a fast-paced fight. In round eight, Dutchover suffered a cut over the left eye, which referee Robert Velez ruled as coming from a punch. The ringside physician determined that Dutchover couldn’t continue. Time was 1:33. At the time of the stoppage, Dutchover had a 68-65 and 69-64 lead on two cards, while Mattice was up 67-66 on the third card.
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Photo: Amanda Westcott/SHOWTIME

“I wanted a stoppage but not that kind of stoppage,” said Mattice. “My corner told me, ‘It’s the eighth round and we probably need a knockout.’ And that’s when I pressed him.”

Dutchover said, “I got cut with a big punch and it opened up and the ref said I couldn’t continue. I wanted to continue but they didn’t let me…I was up on the scorecards and I was going to finish the fight but it was out of my control, the referee stopped it and there’s nothing that I could do about it and that’s that.”

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  • This was a pretty good fight until the cut and stoppage.

    Doesn’t seem fair to declare it a KO loss for the fighter that was winning just because of a cut. Rules should be changed.

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