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The Punter: Bookies cut up rough on McCloskey verdict

Much has been said about Paul McCloskey being cut up about the unsatisfactory end to his WBA light-welterweight world title bid against Amir Khan.

There is talk of a re-match with the McCloskey camp putting in a protest about the manner of how the fight concluded, the referee stopping the contest after consultation with the ringside doctor due to a cut above McCloskey's eye.

The fight itself was not the spectacle anticipated and there was no doubt Khan won every round and hence the techncial decision in his favour based on the scorecards.

The outcome also caused ripples on the betting front with firms taking different standpoints about whether the fight was stopped in the sixth round or decided on points.

WBA rules state that when an accidental injury ends a fight after the fourth round, scorecards are used to decide the winner. So Khan won on a points decision.

Some bookies paid out on those who backed Khan to win in the sixth as a goodwill gesture even though round-betting included an option to bet on a decision/techncial decision.

Hills and Bet365 settled on Khan winning on points and did not pay out on a sixth round stoppage, while Ladbrokes went with the sixth round as their rules state points decisions must go the distance. Paddy Power refunded all losing wagers on McCloskey.

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