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Boxing presenter Dan Hennessey retires after naming wrong winner: ‘No longer the world’s punching bag’

Nina Hughes brutally lost her WBA bantamweight belt. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

One of the most bizarre boxing scenes in recent history will mean the end of a career.

Four days after a debacle that drew comparisons to the “Moonlight” Oscars blunder and Steve Harvey naming the wrong Miss Universe, boxing announcer Dan Hennessey announced he will hang up his microphone. The former U.S. Marine cited the toll the incident had on his mental health.

Hennessey gained notoriety on Saturday when he announced the winner of a fight between WBA bantamweight champion Nina Hughes and former IBF super bantamweight champion Cherneka Johnson. He read the scorecards into the microphone and announced Hughes as the winner by majority decision.

After hugs were exchanged and Hughes began celebrating with her corner, Hennessey got back on the mic and told the fighters to gather in the center of the ring again. There he read the same scores, but with Johnson as the winner.

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The scene earned Hennessey scorn from many. That included Jon Tessitore of ESPN, who wrote the “absolute clown show garbage amateur hour we saw with the ring announcer‘in the immediate aftermath.

Hughes was understandably upset, both with Hennessey and with the judges whose scores he misinterpreted. She said after the fight she felt “robbed“and described the night as”the dirty side of the sport I love.” She has already promised to exercise a rematch clause for another shot at Johnson.

Hennessey owned up to the mistake, apologized on Facebook a day later and took full responsibility for the situation. Unfortunately, he also misspelled Hughes’ last name:

“I am the owner. It is all my responsibility. I take full responsibility for the Chernika Johnson V Nina Houghs [sic] controversy. Not the judges, not the sanctioned body. Me. I apologized to everyone involved and now I apologize to you. I’m sorry for what happened. Again, I own it and can only try to do better next time. Not my best day at the office. I think all those stupid comments [sic] I’ll be there on socials. Once again I am crushed and regretting my s***storm of a performance. You all deserved better. Again sorry

Those social media comments apparently had an effect on Hennessey, as he posted two days later that he would be retiring after doing another event for promoter Sam Rapira:

“I love all the support from everyone. Thank you all for the kind words. Sadly, the global response has been absolutely incredible and it is having an impact [sic] my mental health to the point where I will never have one more show. I’m doing this show because I’m still a man of my word and I promised Sam Rapira I would do it because he’s a great friend and I refuse to leave him hanging. I love and will keep in touch with all my friends from all over the world. Thank you.. No longer the world’s punching bag. I am gone.”

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