- Video captures moment a kick boxer takes a punch squarely on the chin
- He drops to the ground but ‘rises from the dead’
- After a two second count from the ref – he drops to the canvas again
- Clearly unhappy the fight is called off the fighter hastily leaves the ring
Matt Ogilvie For Daily Mail Australia
18:25 EST, 22 December 2015
18:33 EST, 22 December 2015
A hilarious video of a relentless kiwi kickboxer who wont stay down when the referee calls off the fight has gone viral.
The fight was around ten years ago, the referee told Daily Mail Australia, however it was replayed on a New Zealand network Maori Television last week.
‘The guy was actually was doing all right at the start of the fight but he clipped a punch right on the chin and he went starfish,’ said referee Terry Hill.
The kick boxer in the black trunks drops to the ground and is clearly seeing stars
The video captures the moment the fight from the first round bell, when a flurry of punches from the man in the blue trunks catches the man in the black trunks on the chin.
‘After he gets up from his starfish position I’m giving him a count but he falls sideways and literally drops to the ground again.
‘At that point unable to do anything and it is a waste of time me counting him down because the guy clearly needed immediate medical attention,’ said Mr Hill.
Mr Hills said as a ref he has to make a split decision, and ‘because he couldn’t remain on his feet I called the fight off’.
Mr Hill alleged the fighter was on some form of stimulant or amphetamine which was causing him to ‘unnaturally’ stand up from the initial knock out blow.
A flurry of punches and hooks from one the men lands squarely on the other’s chin
‘I think he was on speed or something – you can see in the video how he unnaturally keeps jumping up from the canvas,’ he said.
The commentators also seem puzzled by the man’s refusal to stay down, ‘he’s going to make the count. No, he’s not going to make the count.’
After the bout is called off, the fighter throws his arms up in protest of Mr Hill’s decision and he tries to make a speedy exit from the ring but his foot catches the top rope, causing him to fall face-down below the ring.
The whole scene leaves the commentator laughing in disbelief.
‘We shouldn’t be laughing (continues laughing) … ‘When you thought he was dead and buried, he said, ‘No, I’ve got some more life in me’.’
The fighter then attempts to claim victory as the referee removes his mouth guard
He tries to make a speedy exit from the ring but his foot catches the top rope and he falls face-down