Planter gets decision after clash of heads
Cuts suffered by his opponent, Anthony Osbourne, allowed the Green Team's Ricardo Planter to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the Wray and Nephew Middleweight 2015 Contender series last Wednesday night, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.
It was a close, hard-fought encounter that ended in the third round after Osbourne was cut a second time in the fight. An old cut under his left eye was re-opened by a punch in the second round, but it was not serious enough for the fight to be stopped. Shortly after the start of the third round, however, there was a clash of heads and Osbourne came out with a nasty cut over his right eye.
Referee Eion Jardine, stopped the action and asked Dr AndrÈ McDonald to take a look at the cut. It was so deep, he told The Gleaner afterwards, that he could not allow the fight to continue. The second cut having come from an accidental head butt, the scorecards came into play. Judges Clifford Brown and Lindell Allen had the score at 29-28 in favour of Planter, while judge Peter Richards had it 29-29. Planter was, therefore, declared the winner by majority decision.