British boxer Kash Ali’s licence was suspended after he bit his opponent David Price during a heavyweight fight in Liverpool on Sunday, The Guardian has reported.
Ali was disqualified and his fight payment of £20,000 has also been withheld.
The incident unfolded in the fifth round of the fight as 35-year old Price scored a fierce blow on Ali. The fighter responded by forcing his opponent to the canvas and was seen biting him. He left a bite mark on Price’s torso.
The match referee disqualified Ali and awarded the victory to Price, who was ahead on the scorecards.
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The spectators threw drinks at Ali as he left the M&S Bank Arena. He admitted that he behaved in a “stupid” manner.
Price, who was surprised by what had happened, believes that he did the right thing by not engaging in further confrontation.
“When he was on the floor on top of me he went a bit limp and I thought ‘he doesn’t want to get up here’, I thought he’d at least try to get up. The next thing I felt was his teeth sink in and I didn’t know what to do, really, it all happened quickly. It was just a bit of a mad experience,” Price told TalkSport.
“When I stood up and first went over to him, part of me wanted to just lay him out there and then. I thought better of it because it would have got myself in a load of trouble and it would have caused a lot of trouble on the night.”
Price added that he has always found Ali to be pretty respectful.