Boxing Referee Flops After Being Pushed – VIDEO
We normally associate flopping with basketball or soccer players trying to draw fouls or penalties, but a boxing referee decided to do a little acting recently, after being pushed by boxer Michael Sprott.
Gerhard Sigl was the referee when Sprott was fighting Edmund Gerber in Offenburg, Germany. Gerber knocked him down in the fourth round.
Sprott was knocked down by Gerber in the fourth round and Sigl gave the standard eight-count to Sprott, who was standing, but looked wobbly.
It wasn’t before the ref got to eight that Sprott gave him a response, and that might have had a lot to do with Sigl calling the rest of the fight off, and declaring Edmund the winner.
Afterwards, Sprott confronts the referee to protest, and later pushes him into the ropes.
Now look, you can’t put your hands on any referee, umpire, or official, in any sports, but Sigl obviously exaggerates the push. To give him the benefit of the doubt, he was probably scared, and may have just decided to fall so as not to have the situation escalate.
Sprott pushed an official, so he deserves to be suspended, even though Sigl tried to make it look worse than it was.
As for Sigl, well I don’t know. I’ve never seen an official flop before.