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The highly controversial ending of the Froch-Groves fight put British refereeing in the spotlight, and in particular, the phenomenon of the "British stoppage"—refs leaping in to stop fights prematurely.
Caution should always be exercised when criticizing boxing referees. Theirs is a huge responsibility, and with fighters' health on the line, they can be forgiven for erring on the side of caution.
One of the most important aspects of refereeing is that of consistency, and Howard Foster failed that test with Carl Froch-George Groves, stopping Groves at the first sign of trouble, after Froch had been given the chance to fight through deeper waters.
Last night's referee, Ian John-Lewis, was heavily criticised in 2010 for allowing Vitali Klitschko's dominant win over Shannon Briggs to go the distance. Klitschko landed more and more as the fight wore on, and Briggs seemed to have virtually zero chance of turning it around. Briggs would later be hospitalized with his injuries.
Since then John-Lewis has flipped the other way, receiving heavy censure from Ben Carey at BoxRec for his handling of Enzo Maccarinelli's first fight with Ovill McKenzie.
Rendall Munroe had been hurt last night, but he did not look in serious trouble, and he was still with it enough to block most of Selby's assault. Like Groves, he immediately protested the stoppage, and his eyes looked clear.
Furthermore, Munroe was a proven world-level operator in perhaps his last major title fight. And yet John-Lewis didn't allow him even a fraction of the opportunity he afforded Briggs to turn it around.
Sometimes the "British stoppage," whilst premature by international standards, can be justified, for example when protecting an obviously out-of-their-depth fighter. That wasn't the case with Munroe, and he was unfortunate not to get a little more time to work out of his difficulty.
When Joe Calzaghe, talking to Sky Sports, in Wales, after a Welsh fighter has won, remarks that, "you could make the case that the stoppage was a little premature," you know it was.