From December 2021. The ref got the blame but I don’t think the result changed.
WBA supervisor Stan Christodoulou has confirmed that the three knockdown rule was applicable in his Pan African middleweight title fight between newly crowned champion Roarke Knapp and Cristianno Ndombassy, amid a call for boxing promoters and boxers to boycott his lesser recognised titles..
Tony Nyangiwe, who officiated in the match last weekend, tarnished his image as a respected referee by ignoring the three knockdown rule when Knapp had been dropped three times in round three.
“Let me respond explicitly,” Christodoulou stated in a written response sent to Sowetan. “The recent middleweight title fight was conducted under WBA rules. The three knockdown rule was in effect. As always, the referee was the sole arbiter in the ring, not the fight supervisor.”