An appeal made by the British Boxing Board of Control for a reversal was also heard by the WBO, and likewise turned down. McMillan thus remains as mandatory challenger, with the WBO refusing to entertain a claim from the promoter Frank Warren for a no- contest ruling.
Ed Levine, a WBO official, said: 'The championships committee agreed to a man that there was no reason to change the decision. Colin has lost the fight. There is no reason to reverse the verdict since this was not a foul. Colin was unable to continue and that's the end of it.'
Warren, who has contractual options on the 30-year-old Palacio, must now start negotiations with the new champion for the return. McMillan has been ordered to rest for six weeks, almost certainly ruling out a second fight until the New Year.
The promoter, Mickey Duff, has offered Richie Woodhall the perfect incentive to make a successful first defence of his Commonwealth middleweight title against John Ashton in Telford tomorrow. Duff has confirmed that he plans to stage an open-air European title fight involving Woodhall and the present champion, Sumbu Kalambay of Italy, at the West Bromwich Albion football ground next spring. Woodhall, whose great-grandfather, George, scored the winner for West Bromwich in the 1888 FA Cup final against Preston North End, is a supporter of the Second Division leaders.Reuse content