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boxing is fixed - who'd have thought?

And Don King wasn't even involved. Australian boxer Danny Green sought an easy retention of his IBO cruiserweight title, lining up against four-years retired 'boxer' Paul Briggs. Briggs was allegedly paid $200k for the fight, yet went down to a punch most three-year olds would be embarrassed by, just 29 seconds into the first round. And everyone seemed to know about it too - some Australian bookmakers reported the price of R1 KO being smashed from 10.0 to 1.55!

Briggs' 29-second fiasco has bookies fearing a fix

BETTING agencies will today demand that the International Boxing Organisation launch an investigation into the farcical result of Danny Green's title defence in Perth last night against Paul Briggs, fearing a fix.

Green's angry reaction to Briggs's capitulation within 30 seconds rivalled that of the stunned audience's. Briggs went down to a glancing jab that appeared to hit his glove, not his head, and he stayed down for the full count. The fight was over in 29 seconds.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars were lodged with bookmakers yesterday on the result being a first-round knockout, and it's likely they will withhold payment until an investigation is concluded.


Watch the video on the link - it is farcical.

Will the IBO do anything about it? You've got to be kidding? A boxing organisation admitting that the sport is corrupt? That'd be like Gordon Brown or Kevin Rudd admitting he wasn't much good as Prime Minister....

And other reports on the farce -

Fight farce costs bookies $1m

Betting stink over fight farce

The WATAB was the hardest hit of the TAB agencies, with 85 per cent of its $450,000 wagered being targeted towards Green knocking Briggs out in round one. This is simply unheard of.

It was so hot the WATAB odds tumbled from $10.25 on Monday morning to $1.07 by fight time, the equivalent of Sydney recording a 45C day in the middle of July.

Read what you will into the super-slowmotion replay that suggests Green's knockdown of Briggs was legitimate, but the sheer volume of money on the round-one KO implies a very different story.

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