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A boxing referee is being praised for producing one of the best stoppages ever on Saturday night.
Terri Harper was defending her WBC super-featherweight title against Alycia Baumgardner in Sheffield on the Kid Galahad vs Kiko Martinez undercard.
But the Yorkshire boxer lost her world title due to a fourth round stoppage following a brutal right hand from Baumgardner.
The strike was so vicious that it didn't cause Harper to fall to the canvas; instead she completely froze in some frightening scenes.
Still standing even though she was clearly not all there, Harper had her back to Baumgardner, who approached her and looked to land one more crushing blow.
But before she could, official Mark Lyson rushed in to get between both fighters and prevent Harper from suffering further punishment.
He brought an end to proceedings, with the stoppage seeing Baumgardner becoming world champion.
But it was an excellent piece of refereeing from Lyson, who saved Harper and had the boxing community commending his actions.
Yes!!! Having great referees is so damned important for safety and health of fighters..too bad/disgraceful that some sports PERMIT/ALLOW injured (even out cold) fighters to be bludgeoned while concussed!— Michael Buffer (@Michael_Buffer) November 13, 2021
Kudos to Mark Lyson for his quick action! https://t.co/6dWuoq8erL
Nice to see many share this take. This moment could have gone so much worse. Credit to referee Mark Lyson for what was essentially a perfect stoppage. https://t.co/gtCXdgaWkU— Jake Donovan (@JakeNDaBox) November 14, 2021
World class officiating from Mark Lyson, he might of just saved Harper from brain damage. https://t.co/7E1pBpMRDs— Rob Waldon WHUFC #GSBOUT (@RobWaldon) November 13, 2021
Harper, who was undefeated up until this point, said she is feeling "fine" but "just heartbroken" as she thanked fans for their support.
Brilliant refereeing from Mark Lyson— Sam Jones (@mrsamjones88) November 13, 2021
Shoutout to the referee who did a great job stoping the fight 👏pic.twitter.com/9BxQrU86qG— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) November 13, 2021
Mark Lyson with some of the best refereeing you'll ever see https://t.co/swkVovdC8u— Ronan Mullen (@RonanReigns) November 13, 2021
That was one of the best, most well-timed stoppages you'll see from Mark Lyson there.#HarperBaumgardner— FLEX on legs (@DannyFlexen) November 13, 2021
Former cruiserweight world champion Tony Bellew made a point of complimenting Lyson's "brilliant call".
“The most important thing I’d like to recognise is the great job Mark Lyson done there,” Bellew said on DAZN's coverage.
“Because Terri Harper is asleep on her feet.
"And the second punch that Mark Lyson stops [from] landing clean, that could’ve really done damage to Terri Harper there.
“Mark Lyson deserves all the credit in the world. It was a brilliant, brilliant call.”
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