Originally Posted by Webbiano
I have to disagree with you here. Ali should have been disqualified and I can't see how anyone could deny it. Whether they helped Ali or not, they where banned in the UK at the time, therefore he should have been disqualified.
DQ is ALWAYS the discretion of the referee. He can deduct, he can DQ, or he can do nothing, for any offense, at any time. He is God in the ring, sharing the crown with the Doctor in some commissions.
If the referee chose not to do it, that's how it goes, and the outcome of the fight is the outcome of the fight. Me, personally, I'd have penalized and threw out the banned substance and the cornerman in question. But it wasn't me. I don't like throwing out the outcomes of fights. This fight was decided by punches thrown and received, and that should stand wherever possible. Ring justice.