Boxer Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus accused of diving after being KO’d by Tim Tszyu in super-welterweight title bout

INDONESIAN boxer Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus has come under fire from fans after being accused of diving during his bout against Tim Tszyu.

The 37-year-old was knocked out just one minute into his super-welterweight clash despite replays showing minimal contact.

 Tim Tszyu knocked out Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus inside the opening round during their super-welterweight bout

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Tim Tszyu knocked out Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus inside the opening round during their super-welterweight bout
 Ferdinandus, 37, has been accused of taking a dive after going down far too easily

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Ferdinandus, 37, has been accused of taking a dive after going down far too easily

Tszyu – son of former undisputed light-welterweight champion Kosta – moved to 10-0 after successfully defending his WBC Asian Boxing Council Continental belt.

But the manner of the 23-year-old's victory has raised questions after Ferdinandus went down after a straight right to the head.

He subsequently dropped to the canvas, and stayed down as he refused to beat the count during the contest in Australia.

Replays showed the 27-16 fighter barely being touched – leading many supporters to label the southpaw as a disgrace to boxing.

Although Tszyu stressed it was a shot to the temple that forced the knockdown, the boxing community wasn't having any of it.

One person tweeted: "Indonesia’s Stevie Ferdinandus just took a phantom punch dive against Tim Tszyu in Australia. First round “KO.”

While another commented: "That Is a disgrace to boxing that ‘win’ from Tim Tszyu.

"That’s a clear dive from his opponent Ferdinandus. Wasn’t even punched. The promoters and match makers are as much to blame."

And one supporter said: "Moments into the contest, Ferdinandus takes what looks like a blatant dive and this fight is all over. Pathetic stuff by him."

Here are some tweets surrounding the 'phantom punch'…

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INDONESIAN boxer Stevie Ongen Ferdinandus has come under fire from fans after being accused of diving during his bout against Tim Tszyu.