EXCLUSIVE: Aussie boxer whose life was ruined when he was CHEATED out of Manny Pacquiao knockout reveals he could follow in Jeff Fenech’s footsteps and get justice 22 years after the fight
- Aussie boxer who was cheated out of Manny Pacquiao knockout seeks justice
- Nedal Hussein says controversial bout should be called a ‘no contest’ now that referee Carlos Padilla has admitted to cheating in favor of Manny Pacquiao
- Hussein’s lawyer has fired off legal letters to the World Boxing Council
- Hussein says the loss took a huge toll on his career and personal life
Aussie boxer Nedal ‘Skinny’ Hussein, the man robbed of a knockout win by a corrupt referee in his fight with Manny Pacquiao, has revealed he is seeking justice from the WBC after the official’s extraordinary confession.
An unbeaten Hussein took on Pacquiao in the Philippines back in 2000 for the World Boxing Council International super-bantamweight title.
Aussie boxer Nedal ‘Skinny’ Hussein (pictured in his fighting days), the man robbed of a world title by a corrupt referee in his fight with Manny Pacquiao, will be seeking to have it ruled a no contest after the referee’s extraordinary confession
The Australian sensationally dropped Pacquiao with a jab in the fourth round and watched Filipino referee Carlos Padilla give him an astonishing 18 seconds to recover.
For 22 years Hussein has been protesting the long count and the dubious stoppage of the fight, which would have changed his life had he been given the win.
Last week Padilla shocked boxing by confessing to helping Pacquiao win.
Speaking in an interview released by the World Boxing Council (WBC), Padilla proudly recalled how he ‘prolonged the count’ for Pacquaio and later made sure the fight was stopped early because he sensed that the Filipino legend would not get a result if it went to the judges’ scorecards.
Now Hussein wants the WBC to rule the bout a no contest – in a similar fashion to the body’s decision to give Jeff Fenech a fourth world title after he was robbed of a win in his 1991 fight with Azumah Nelson.
Speaking in an interview released by the World Boxing Council (WBC), Carlos Padilla (pictured) proudly recounted how he ‘prolonged the count’ for Pacquaio and later made sure the fight was stopped early because he sensed that Pacquiao would not get a result if it went to the judges’ scorecards
‘It’s a bit different to what happened with Jeff Fenech,’ said Hussein.
‘This is to do with the referee, not the judges. But he [Padilla] has openly admitted to cheating here – the man in charge of the fight.
‘I mean, if somebody confessed to a crime 20 years later, the police would chase it up. The corruption in this sport is so bad.’
Hussein’s lawyer has already fired off legal letters to the president of the WBC Mauricio Sulaimán, but Hussein isn’t confident anything will come of it.
Hussein’s defeat to Pacquaio (pictured) was the Sydneysider’s first professional loss – and something he believes he never fully recovered from
‘They [the WBC] are the most corrupt commission in the world,’ says Hussein. ‘There is no respect for them in the boxing world.’
Hussein’s defeat to Pacquaio was the Sydneysider’s first professional loss – and something he believes he never recovered from.
‘I hated the sport after that,’ said Hussein. ‘I just couldn’t handle the politics.’
‘Winning that fight would have changed my life. I missed out on a couple of hundred grand and a world title fight. I would have been able to buy a house and been so much better off.
Hussein’s lawyer has already fired off legal letters to the president of the WBC Mauricio Sulaimán, but Hussein (pictured with Floyd Mayweather Jr) isn’t confident anything will come of it – saying ‘They [the WBC] are the most corrupt commissions in the world’
‘I would have been able to establish my family earlier. And with my career, I missed out on the big fights [afterwards] because of it. It set me back four years.’