2000-12-16 Mbulelo Botile w rsc 12 Paul Ingle, The Arena, Sheffield, England - IBF

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2000-12-16 Mbulelo Botile w rsc 12 Paul Ingle, The Arena, Sheffield, England - IBF. Referee: Dave Parris. Ending in near tragedy, it was a fight in which Ingle (125¼) fought an uphill battle for much of the time against a challenger who ultimately had too much power for him and was well ahead at the finish. Although Ingle was still in the fight by the 11th, he had never really hurt Botile (124½), had been cut over both eyes and had been gradually ground down by the South African fighting machine, who was consistently unloading accurate, hurtful punches to head and body. In the 11th, Botile struck with venom, a selection of blows being followed by two big lefts, the second putting Ingle down for ‘eight’ before the bell came to his rescue. Coming out for the final session, Botile went straight on the attack, driving Ingle around the ring with blows from both hands before dropping him with a big left hook, inducing the referee to call the fight off 20 seconds into the round in order to get the stricken champion immediate help.

Rushed to hospital, Ingle was operated on within 45 minutes of the final knockdown, testament to the BBBoC’s medical policy, and a blood clot was successfully removed.