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A boxing ring announcer resigned after an error in announcing the winner of a WBA title fight

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A boxing ring announcer resigned after he made an error in announcing the winner of a women’s World Boxing Association title fight in Australia earlier this week, subjecting him to a torrent of abuse on social media.

American Dan Hennessy mistakenly announced that English Nina Hughes is the winner of the World Boxing Association “bantamweight” bout against Cherneka Johnson.

Amid the confusion reported by the media and social networking sites, Hennessy summoned the two boxers to return to the center of the ring before correctly announcing the victory of Australian Johnson.

Hennessy initially apologized on his Facebook page, saying that he was “very disappointed” by this mistake, before announcing in another post late on Tuesday that he would commentate on one last match before the curtain came down on his career.

“Thank you all for the kind words,” he wrote. Unfortunately, the backlash around the world is absolutely unbelievable and it is taking a toll on my mental and emotional health to the point that I have decided to retire. My relationship will continue with all friends around the world. Thank you all”.

Hennessy, a former US Marine, moved to New Zealand two decades ago and has commented on many high-profile boxing matches in Australia over the past 18 years.