Anthony Crolla this evening retained his WBO intercontinental lightweight crown with a third round technical draw with former WBC super featherweight champion Gamaliel Diaz on the advice of the doctor at ringside.
Both fighters seemed to be really geared up for the fight during the opening three rounds with each having varying degrees of success. Crolla walked his opponent down, whilst Diaz seemed more than happy to oblige and stand center of the ring with his younger foe.
The real controversy sparked however as a clash of heads during the fourth round resulted in a deep gash to open on the left eye of the Mexican challenger. Infuriated at the bell due to the unintentional headbutt, Diaz refused to return to his corner and decided to try and storm the corner of Crolla during the minute break.
Steered by the referee back to his corner, Diaz appeared to refuse to continue to box after the minute interval and many ringside were unable to see the doctor intervene at any point – in which case the fight should have been ruled a technical knockout for “Million Dollar” Crolla.
Diaz seemed happy once the fight had been called off, being held aloft by his corner around the ring as a Manchester home crowd booed him feverently.
Crolla moves to (28-4-2, 11Ko’s) and looks now to be moving towards a world title shot according to promoter Eddie Hearn during the post fight interview, while Diaz returns to Mexico sporting a (38-11-3, 17KO’s) record and a much larger wallet.