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Booth: Decision Was Fine, But Referee Was Disgusting!

Adam Booth said he was "disgusted" with referee Genaro Rodriguez after David Haye's defeat by Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg on Saturday night.

Trainer Booth saw his man comprehensively outpointed by the giant Ukrainian, but wasn't happy with the way Rodriguez handled the bout.

Klitschko was deducted a point for continually pushing Haye to the canvas, but he also awarded a controversial knockdown agains the Briton in the 11th round.

Afterwards a clearly seething Booth told Sky Box Office HD: "I'm disgusted with the referee, absolutely disgusted with the referee. He counted him when he got pushed to the canvas instead of saying something. Decided to give David a standing count. I let my feelings be known to him at the end because I'm not just going to be one of those people who feel they have been wronged but walk away without saying anything. It's not right and it's not fair. I ain't got a problem with the decision, but I've got a problem with the referee. I don't like him but it is what it is."

Booth admitted Haye's broken toe - sustained three weeks ago according to the fighter - severely hampered his man, but he also admitted that the better man on the night won.

"Wladimir is a big man, he's very effective, David's a much smaller man and he just couldn't get to him. The second phase wasn't there. He could get himself into position on the first phase, but when dipped and when he threw the first right hand and Wladimir backed up he was supposed to follow it up with the same thing again and he couldn't. He kept having to walk off because his leg just wouldn't do it. His foot just wouldn't do it. It's just one of those things.

"I haven't got a problem with the decision, and if David's toe had been well, who knows. He could have got to him more. Wladimir's a great champion. It was a difficult fight for him too because David's very quick. But he proved he has the ability to concentrate for 12 rounds. We're just disappointed - he's plagued with injuries. He's had so many problems with injuries throughout his career."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by S.G. on 07-02-2011

Haye's whole game plan seemed to be to get points deducted from Wlad by diving around like an Italian footballer. Was there a single round where Haye landed more than one punch?

Comment by WladIsTheChamp on 07-02-2011

pulled back muscle, broken hand, short sparring session, broken pinky toe, yeast infection, sore anus... the usual excuses from Gayevid and his camp...

Comment by Medved on 07-02-2011

[QUOTE=uglypug;10780787]This fight couldn't have played out more on point than i expected. I thought haye MIGHT have the balls to try to do something in the first few rounds, but as soon as he tasted ONE clean straight right hand,…

Comment by TaurusJ27 on 07-02-2011

It's becoming a trend this year with hyped fights becoming a let down starting with bradley-alexander, pacquiao-mosley, and now this fight.

Comment by Buthopvlick on 07-02-2011

David Haye didn't even tried to win... That was disgusting!!!

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