Andre Ward's win over Sergey Kovalev will go down as one of the most hotly disputed stoppages in boxing history, but it wasn't the only bit of controversy at the Mandalay Bay Events Centre on the weekend.
The fourth low blow doubled Kovalev over while the referee Ton Weeks suddenly stopped the fight not DQ'ing Ward but giving him the win. Ward then connected with a sweet right in the chops, and Kovalev's legs were shaking. "I had a couple of missions in mind when I came to Las Vegas-to glorify God with my performance and the way I act outside the ring, to defend my belts that I won back in November, and to get home and kiss my wife and kids", he said.
That gave Ward his second victory over Kovalev in seven months and allowed him to retain his World Boxing Association, International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Orgnization light heavyweight titles.
One judge had Kovalev up by four rounds, while the two others had Ward up by a round each. Ward said in pre-fight interviews that he hopes to score a more conclusive win this time around and put to bed any lingering doubts about who is the better fighter.
Kovalev (30-2, 26 KOs), known for his formidable punching, came out charging in the opening rounds, but was left frustrated by the counter-punching of ward and frequent grabbing.
It wasn't that nobody expected Ward to prevail, but he simply isn't known for his firepower, and prior to Saturday had enjoyed only two early nights since 2009 - against Chad Dawson and Paul Smith Jr - and both were mercy stoppages.
After some debate, and viewing several replays, Drakulich ruled the final blow was on the bell and called the fight a KO for the WBA super-bantamweight champion. I wanted to continue fighting.
There were two questionable blows around the belt line that Kovalev felt were below the belt and he protested. But if Kovalev got stopped only because of that - and he didn't, because, reminder, lots of legal blows, too, including one that rocked his ass - then maybe he was going to get stopped anyway.
"I don't have a prediction", Kovalev said.
"I'd like to see him fight Anthony Joshua".
"I can not explain", Kovalev said. "I don't feel like it affects me". "I thought I was doing very good". He was the aggressor backing up Ward who seemed content to wait for his opportunity to land a punch. But the question remains, how far can Ward's exemplary ability take him?
"I could have continued", Kovalev said.
Judges Glen Feldman and Dave Moretti had Ward ahead 67-66 while Steve Weisfeld had Kovalev ahead 68-65 as did this writer. He earned a fixed $6.5 million (Dh23.8m), while Kovalev had no guaranteed purse and was forced to settle for a minority share of the TV revenue and the gate.
In terms of his future, Ward teased about a possible move to cruiserweight or even heavyweight.
The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view, which has some in boxing scratching their heads.
Tonny Weeks is the name of the official in the ring, and you might remember it because this is the person who made one of the most catastrophic mistakes in the history of boxing. Ward is still the champion.