As expected, Nate Campbell is going to appeal to the California State Athletic Commission to change the TKO loss he suffered last night against Timothy Bradley, looking for a no-contest ruling due to the fact that his injury was caused by an accidental clash of heads.
According to Campbell's co-promoter, Terry Trekas, says that the fight was not stopped by a cut, but rather because the ringside physician saw blood behind Campbell's eye and was worried about possible retina damage. Campbell went to the hospital after the fight as directed, but not before giving his side of the story in the ring and kind of starting a showdown between promoters Don King and Gary Shaw.
I said already that I think the decision clearly should be changed to a no-contest, and it's no fault of Bradley's. Timothy was clearly the fresher and stronger fighter for the first three rounds, in my view, and seemed well on his way to a potentially dominant victory. But there are rules to protect fighters and they're there for a reason. If Campbell had possible retina damage, the fight had to be stopped, and the fact is that replays obviously show that the damaging blow was a headbutt. There is absolutely no question about that.
It's also no great condemnation of referee David Mendoza. Yes, he missed the call, but it happens. But the missed call was very important and the decision wasn't just. It's as simple as that.