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Ring announcer resigns following post-fight controversy that shook the boxing world

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The American boxing ring announcer who called out the wrong winner after a title fight last weekend has resigned.

Following a boxing match between Cherneka Johnson and Nina Hughes in Australia on Saturday night, announcer Dan Hennessey read out the judge’s scorecards and mistakenly said Hughes was the winner of the WBA bantamweight title.

The ensuing social media backlash was too much to handle, Hennessey revealed.

"Thank you all for the kind words. Unfortunately, the worldwide backlash is absolutely incredible and it's affecting my mental health to a degree where I will have one more show ever," he wrote on Facebook. "I am doing this show because I am still a man of my word ... I love and will keep in touch with all my friends from around the world. Thank you. No longer the world's punching bag. I'm out."


Hennessey read out the judge’s scorecards and mistakenly said Nina Hughes was the winner of the WBA bantamweight title. (George Tewkesbury/PA Images via Getty Images)

The resignation comes after Saturday’s controversy shocked the boxing world.

ESPN’s Joe Tessitore ripped into Hennessey over the controversy.

"I want clean up what we saw with this absolute clown show, garbage amateur hour we saw with the ring announcer moments ago," he said.

On Saturday, Johnson and Hughes went the distance and the fight came down to the judges’ decision.

Both fighters thought they had won the contest and were eagerly waiting to hear how the judges had scored it.

In contrast, Cherneka Johnson was euphoric to hear that she had actually won. (Warren Little/Getty Images)

The fighters joined Hennessey