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Boxing: Joyce to appeal controversial loss

TURKEY'S Istanbul Bosphorus have lodged a protest on behalf of their Irish boxer David Oliver Joyce following his loss in the World Series of Boxing in Leipzig, Germany.

Joyce was controversially adjudged to have dropped a points decision to Danish champion Rashid Kassem of the Leipzig Leopards on Saturday night.

The Leopards, who have Ken Egan and Con Sheehan in their squad, won the five-bout match 4-1.

Joyce, who had won three in a row for Bosphorus over the last two seasons up to Saturday, was shaking his head in disbelief when the ref raised Kassem's hand in victory after the five-rounder.

"I was devastated that I didn't win. It was a very bad decision as I won the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds," said Joyce.

"It should have been clearly my fight. We have lodged a protest and we should know more about that this week."

Meanwhile, European Youth silver medalist Gary Sweeney will meet Denis O'Donnell in Friday's National Intermediate Championships 85kg final at the National Stadium in Dublin. David Roche and Mark Fitzpatrick of the Riverstown BC are through to the 64kg and 67kg deciders.

Hughie Myres emerged victorious from Saturday's 51kg clash with his Ryston BC team-mate Stephen Treacy, Myres winning 12-9.

Irish Independent