The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission voted unanimously Wednesday afternoon that it was a punch in the fourth round from Donnell Holmes that caused the cut to side of the left eye of Brian Minto during their August 14th contest therefore the initial ruling of a technical decision has been changed to a no contest. Rick Lazes – promoter of Holmes – stated: “This decision is a testimony to the fairness of the Pennsylvania Boxing Commission, and sets a world class standard for fair play in the sport of boxing.”
During their August 14th fight, Minto suffered a cut alongside the left eye during the fourth round. In between the fourth and fifth rounds, Minto stated to the doctor that he could not see out of his left eye which obligated the ringside physician to call a halt to the action. Before the beginning of the fifth round, referee Rick Steigerwald had announced that the cut had been caused by an accidental headbutt consequently the outcome of the contest was sent to the judges. The scorecards read 40-36 twice and 39-37 for Minto. The Holmes camp immediately protested that no accidental headbutt had been called by the referee during the bout and appealed the decision.
With this ruling, Minto’s record stands at 33-2, 1 NC with 21 knockouts while the record for Holmes changes to 31-0-2, 1 NC with 27 knockouts.
Pat Nelson, the advisor to Minto, stated to FightNews: “We are disappointed with the ruling and Minto plans to appeal.”
More to follow from the Minto camp.