McInnes' bout with Quade Cooper stopped "too early”
QUADE Cooper had it all over Jack McInnes but coach Craig Glover believes the ref stopped the fight too early.
Queensland Reds and Wallabies playmaker Cooper landed a number of shots on the 22-year-old plasterer's frame throughout the opening two rounds, and arguably had full control of the bout.
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Cooper landed a flurry of shots which dropped the Hervey Bay boxer late in the second round when the ref decided to wave off the fight.
There was no count, no knockout, and no chance of a dream comeback.
"I don't know what they showed on Foxtel but I argued with the ref that he 'could keep going, it was ridiculous'," Glover said.
"The ref didn't count him, he waved it off straight away.
"Jack's tough as nails, all he had was a bleeding nose. There was only a few seconds left in that round - he could've seen it out and gone into the third."
Glover said he believed there was concern for McInnes's welfare after social media hype.
"I think they've jumped on it because of social media attention and they've thought they had to protect him because it was seemingly such a mismatch," Glover said.
A photo from Thursday afternoon's weigh-in went viral due to the difference in Cooper and McInnes's physique.
Both men were targets.
Cooper was hammered for accepting a fight with a "joke" opponent while McInnes was slammed for being out of shape.
McInnes accepted the fight at short notice and fought through injury to ensure Cooper had a match on the night, which was headlined by the rematch between Anthony Mundine and Danny Green.
Green won the controversial main event via a majority decision.