Calgary Commission Overturns O’Neill vs Carr AFC 15 Decision
After a formal letter of complaint from Mike O’Neill, the Calgary Combative Sports Commission has ruled that the results of the March 15, 2013 fight between Owen Carr and Mike O’Neill would be changed to a No Contest.
Following the Aggression Fighting Championship 15 fight at the Telus Center, O’Neill and corner Jesse Bongfeldt appealed Carr’s Unanimous Decision win. O’Neill told Top MMA News that they issues they cited included:
- Fish hooking, which split O’Neill’s lip and prevented him from shrimping out or have his lip ripped worse.
- Head butting the bridge of O’Neill’s nose,
- Illegal blows to the back of O’Neill’s head,
- Illegal upkick, which was caught by the referee, Len Koivisto, only to improve Carr’s position, and
- Poor sportsmanship with Carr spitting on him.
The CCSC reviewed the event and agreed with O’Neill’s complaint. The commission offered this statement:
“The City of Calgary Combative Sports Commission has received a formal letter of complaint regarding the recent Owen Carr vs. Mike O’Neill bout at AFC 15 held in Calgary, AB on March 15th, 2013.
After a detailed investigation, The Commission determined that there was validity in this complaint and as a result decided this match to be declared a No Contest. The official results will be subsequently amended to reflect this decision.”
With the result, Owen Carr’s record drops to 3-2-1 with 1 NC while Mike O’Neill’s record improves to 3-2 with 1 NC.
O’Neill is happy about the decision and wanted to be clear that he only complained due to Carr getting away with so much during the bout without being penalized by the ref. The only time Carr was warned, he was restarted in a better position. O’Neill was hoping that the commission would review referee Koivisto’s performance and was surprised by the decision.
O’Neill would welcome a rematch with Carr. He agrees that Carr fought harder than him that night, but without the fouls, Carr may not have come out with the win.
NOTE: Owen Carr was asked for a comment, but choose to withhold comments at this time.