After a meeting with representatives of Team Cauthen, Team Frank and Star Boxing CEO Joe DeGuardia regarding the bout, the NYSAC ruled that the bout ended as a result of an unintentional headbutt, and not a punch.
Cauthen (32-3-1, 9KO), who was making his first defense of his title, was pitching a shutout on two of the scorecards (60-55) and was leading on the third card (59-55) when Frank bounced off the ropes catching Cauthen squarely on the chin with his head virtually knocking him out on his feet. Referee Ricky Gonzalez stopped the fight with one second remaining in the seventh round.
After team Cauthen immediately protested and the NYSAC reviewed the television replay provided by HDNET at ringside, which clearly showed the headbutt by Frank, a hearing was setup at the offices of the NYSAC.
Both the Terrance Cauthen and Raul Frank camps are expected to appeal the decision.
In light of the NYSAC ruling, Terence Cauthen retains the USBA Jr. Middleweight Championship.
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