Eddie Hearn suggests VAR for boxing following controversy in Charlie Edwards fight

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Whether you are for or against the use of VAR in sport, it is impossible to avoid discussing it, especially following its introduction into football’s Premier League causing controversy every week.

And boxing fans could be the next fanbase to be faced with the introduction of video technology into their sport, after promoter Eddie Hearn called for its inclusion following Charlie Edwards’ bout on Saturday.

Edwards put his WBC flyweight belt on the line against Mexico's Julio Martinez in London and appeared to have lost it after being counted out in the third round.

Martinez had landed several successful head and body shots, forcing Edwards to take a knee to recover.

As soon as Edwards’ knee and glove touched the canvas, the punches should have ceased, but Martinez hit the Briton with an illegal shot to the ribs which resulted in the Sutton-born boxer being counted out.

Mark Lyson, the man refereeing the bout, failed to spot this illegal move from Martinez, much to the disgust of the O2 crowd who viewed the incident on the 12 big screens in the venue, booing the Mexican when he was declared the victor.

However, WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman also saw the replays and declared the fight a no contest from ringside, with the belt being handed back to Edwards.

Due to this extraordinary turn of events, Hearn has now called for VAR to become a mainstay in the sport, suggesting that the British Boxing Board of Control should change their rules to allow officials to review decisions.

“When you've got 12 screens that we put up around the thing now, you can't ignore it,” Hearn stated. “So is it time now for the British Boxing Board of Control to say that, ‘Yes, we will have the replay system for WBC events or do we just implement it anyway?’

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“You can't implement it at all shows because not all shows have big screens.

“Some of them on the replay system just have them a monitor at ringside that they can watch back. But essentially it is VAR for boxing.”

While VAR has received a lot of criticism during its debut season in English football, the 40-year-old believes that it would not face the same issues should it be implemented into boxing.

“When it is a guy fighting for a world title you need that.

“I mean, what's the downside? There is no downside.

“It's not as if it is going to slow the game down. That's the problem that people talk about with football and cricket. There's this big controversy. He can't get up. So let’s look at it.”

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