The all-British heavyweight bout between David Price and Kash Ali in Liverpool ended in bizarre fashion as Ali was disqualified for biting.
Price, 35, landed a stinging shot on undefeated 27-year-old Ali in round five, prompting a grapple.
Ali fell on top of the Liverpudlian and appeared to bite Price near his rib cage.
Ali was officially disqualified for biting and left the arena beneath a barrage of drinks thrown by fans.
A British Boxing Board of Control spokesperson told BBC Sport Ali would appear before its central area council “in the future”, where he is likely to face further sanction.
Saturday’s victory – greeted by confusion and a chorus of boos at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena – extended Price’s record to 24 wins and six defeats and was a first loss of Ali’s 16-fight career.
In 2009, British boxer Dereck Chisora was suspended for four months and fined £2,500 for biting Paul Butlin. Five years later, Wadi Camacho bit Welshman Craig Kennedy on his neck, though the Spaniard did not receive a ban.
In 1999, British middleweight Adrian Dodson was banned for 18 months and fined £1,000 for biting Canadian Alain Bonnamie.
The sport’s most notorious biting incident also came in 1999, when Mike Tyson bit off part of fellow American Evander Holyfield’s ear and subsequently lost his boxing licence, though it was later reinstated.