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Coach Charlesworth blasts judges' decision in Essex ABA bout
9:25am Friday 11th October 2013 in Sport
ESSEX University coach Gordon Charlesworth has blasted the judges’ decision not to award Toyin Afalobi victory in his Essex ABA bout.
Afalobi thought he was a convincing winner of his Class B bout against Brentwood’s Inona Ducta, in Harlow.
The Essex University fighter appeared to dominate the under-63.5 kilogramme division bout – but three of the five judges on duty ruled in Ducta’s favour.
Charlesworth said: “It was a disgraceful decision.
“It wasn’t good for boxing at all and other clubs in the venue were very vocal in their support of Toyin.
“To see the decision go to the Brentwood boy was absolutely amazing and a travesty of justice.”
Afalobi totally dominated his bout, throwing some long hurtful jabs and connecting with some three-punch combinations.
Ducta occasionally landed some wild overhand shots but was twice warned by the referee for hitting with the inside of his glove and holding.
Afalobi kept his distance and used the ring well and was confident he had booked his place in the final.
But the biology student was stunned when the final verdict was announced.
When contacted by the Daily Gazette, the Essex ABA declined to comment on the decision to award victory to Ducta.
There was better news for Essex University’s Callum Martin, who showed championship class in winning the Essex ABA Class A novice title.
The 18-year-old defeated Harlow’s unbeaten fighter Joe Jones, who proved to be a strong hurtful fighter.
From the first bell, Jones pushed Martin out of his stride and prevented him from executing his skills.
But after falling behind, the Essex University boxer responded well and the second round went in his favour.
Jones showed why he was unbeaten and tried to stage a comeback.
But undeterred, Martin threw some fast, hurtful combinations to head and body to claim a convincing win.
Martin had earlier defeated Tilbury Dockers’ Nigel Herron, with a masterful display of quality boxing.
He was fast, accurate and hurtful with single and two, three and four punch combinations.
From the opening bell, Martin’s left jab kept Herron at bay, moving to the side and throwing purposeful right hands that had him in all kinds of trouble.
Herron dropped for an eight count in the final round but showed strength and determination to stay the course.
Meanwhile, Essex University junior duo Alfie Lucas and Charlie Shave were in action at Five Star Boxing Club’s home show.
Lucas, 14, put in a blistering, hard-fought performance but was edged out by Hornchurch’s Ryan Cogan.
Charlie, 13, was also beaten by Five Star’s Mark O’Brien but can also be pleased with his progress.
He really found his rhythm in the final round but it was not enough to take the verdict.
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