British boxer Kash Ali has been handed a six-month ban after biting opponent David Price during a heavyweight fight last month.
Ali was disqualified in the fifth round of the bout on March 30 at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena when he pinned Price to the ground. After the two were separated, bite marks were clearly visible on Price’s torso.
A spokesperson confirmed to CNN that Ali has also been fined £10,000 ($13,000), which is going to charity.
“I would like to apologize for my unacceptable behavior in my fight against David Price,” Ali said in a statement on April 3.
“I am sorry to all boxing fans, to my team, my family, the British Boxing Board, David Price, his team and his family.
“I am hugely embarrassed for my actions and the way the whole fight unfolded. The occasion got the better of me and those who know me including David can testify that my behavior on Saturday during the fight was not a true reflection of who I am.”
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Ali also confirmed in the statement posted on his Twitter account that he had spoken to Price since the fight, who accepted his apology
“He gave it away in the press conference that he was going to lose his head,” Price told Sky Sports after the fight.
“He was in the fight, he ruined it for himself! I’m not too pleased with my own performance.”