HYDE EYE HORROR
A DEVASTATED Sam Hyde was two rounds away from winning his first title last night when he suffered a horror eye injury.
The cruiserweight was on course to beat fellow undefeated rival Richard Riakporhe on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s clash with Oleksandr Usyk.
But he was caught by a right hand in the eighth round and his eye quickly swelled into a haematoma.
He initially continued before his coach Joe Gallagher threw in the towel with Hyde struggling to see. “I was down on the scorecards so I had to pull it out of the bag,” said Riakporhe.
“I hit him with a hook, his face swelled up so I kept going for it. I thought they should throw in the towel. A lot of people wouldn’t have taken this risk in their eighth fight.”
In a scrappy contest, Hyde (left) was ahead on the judges’ scorecards having controlled the contest.
Riakporhe’s manager Dillian Whyte said: “Richard is inexperienced. He would have worried about doing 10 rounds. But he really pulled it out of the bag.”