I saw the Gatti-Mayweather fight at a friend’s house tonight (if you’re curious, Mayweather flat out embarassed Gatti).
The last undercard bout was Vivian Harris vs. Carlos Maussa. In the 7th, Maussa hit Harris flush with a left hook, and Harris stumbled backwards and fell to the canvas. As he stumbled, Maussa kept pace with him, looking to land another shot if Harris regained his footing. Just after Harris fell down and was lying on the canvas, however, Maussa lunged forward and hit him on the head with a right – it wasn’t very hard, but it was clearly intentional and it clearly made contact, while Harris was unequivocally down (he was lying on his side, completely horizontal).
My understanding was that this should be an automatic disqualification, but the ref just started counting as if nothing had happened, and Harris didn’t get up in time. We were playing poker at the time, so I didn’t hear much of what the announcers were saying, but the post-knock down punch didn’t seem to be considered a big deal. ESPN’s online story doesn’t even mention the incident.
Did anyone else see this? Why wouldn’t Maussa have been DQ’ed on the spot? I know I’ve seen at least one other fight in which a boxer hit an opponent who had taken a knee and been disqualified. Also, the punch in this case wasn’t particularly effective, but Harris was barely counted out – it’s conceivable that the illegal punch was the difference.
What’s the deal here? Thanks.