Kevin Lerena‘s promoter Rodney Berman has confirmed complaints have been lodged to the WBA and British Boxing Board of Control following the South African’s defeat to Daniel Dubois.
Dubois entered the evening as number one challenger in the WBA’s heavyweight rankings.
Lerena scored three knockdowns in the opening round which appeared to end ten seconds early.
Dubois looked to be struggling with an injury to his right leg but Lerena failed to capitalise in the second round when many expected him to up the pace.
Lerena was then dropped midway through the third by an accurate Dubois straight right-hand.
Dubois hurt Lerena again in the dying seconds of the round but the final shots appeared to have landed after the bell.
Despite the round having finished referee Howard Foster stepped in and waved the bout off.
The stoppage proved controversial online with many accusing Foster of acting favourably towards Britain’s Dubois.
Berman confirmed the intent to complain via Twitter.
“An objection will be lodged with the WBA & the British Boxing Board of Control – Lerena was very hard done by, by a biased “loyal referee”. Fighters cannot be allowed to be treated so unfairly”, Berman said.