EXCLUSIVE: Aussie boxer whose life was ruined when he was TRICKED on 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 in Manny Pacquiao knockout seeks justice
- Nedal Hussein says controversial fight should be called a ‘no contest’ now that referee Carlos Padilla admitted cheating in Manny Pacquiao’s favor
- Hussein’s lawyer sent legal letters to the World Boxing Council
- Hussein says the loss had a huge impact on his career and personal life
Australian boxer Nedal ‘Skinny’ Hussein, the man robbed of a knockout victory 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 undefeated Hussein faced Pacquiao in the Philippines in 2000 for the World Boxing Council International super bantamweight title.
Australian boxer Nedal ‘Skinny’ Hussein (pictured during his fights), the man had a world title stolen from him by a corrupt referee during his fight with Manny Pacquiao, will seek to have it declared non-contest after the referee’s extraordinary confession
The Aussie knocked Pacquiao off in sensational fashion with a knock in the fourth round and saw Filipino referee Carlos Padilla given him 18 seconds to recover.
For 22 years, Hussein has been protesting the long count and questionable stoppage of the fight, which would have changed his life had he won.
Last week, Padilla shocked boxing when he confessed to helping Pacquiao win.
Speaking in an interview published by the World Boxing Council (WBC), Padilla proudly recalled how he ‘extended the count’ for Pacquaio and then made sure the fight was stopped early because he felt the legend Filipina wouldn’t get a result if he went. on the judges’ scoreboards.
Now Hussein wants the WBC to settle the fight without a contest – similar 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 published by the World Boxing Council (WBC), Carlos Padilla (pictured) proudly recounted how he ‘extended the count’ for Pacquaio and then made sure the fight was stopped early as he felt that Pacquiao wouldn’t get a result if he went to the judges’ scorecards
“It’s a little different from what happened with Jeff Fenech,” Hussein said.
“It concerns the referee, not the judges. But he [Padilla] openly admitted to cheating here – the man in charge of the fight.
“I mean, if someone confessed to a crime 20 years later, the police would prosecute them. Corruption in this sport is so bad.
Hussein’s attorney has already sent legal letters to WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán, but Hussein isn’t convinced anything will come of it.
Hussein’s loss to Pacquaio (pictured) was the Sydneysider’s first professional loss – and something he feels 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 loss to Pacquaio was the Sydneysider’s first professional loss – and something he feels he never recovered from.
“I hated the sport after that,” Hussein said. “I just couldn’t handle politics.”
“Winning that fight would have changed my life. I missed out on a few hundred dollars and a world title fight. I could have bought a house and I would have been so much better off.
Hussein’s lawyer has already sent legal letters to WBC President Mauricio Sulaimán, but Hussein (pictured with Floyd Mayweather Jr) isn’t convinced anything will come of it – saying “They [the WBC] are the most corrupt commission in the world”
“I could have started my family earlier. And with my career, I missed the big fights [afterwards] because of that. It set me back four years.