Sunday 15 December 2019

Perez misses out on World title after controversial call

Mike Perez connects with Bryant Jennings during their WBC Heavyweight title eliminator bout at Madison Square Garden. Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images
Mike Perez connects with Bryant Jennings during their WBC Heavyweight title eliminator bout at Madison Square Garden. Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Boxing

Cork-based heavyweight Mike Perez dropped a controversial split decision to America's Bryant Jennings at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.

Cuba-born Perez, who boxes out of the Watergrasshill BC in Cork, was docked a point for holding and hitting in the final round.

The final scores read 115-112 and 114-113 to Jennings and 114-113 to Perez. If the referee, aptly named Harvey Dock, hadn't docked a point from Perez it would have ended a majority draw.

"The ref warned him numerous times. You can sneak one in there every now and then but he repeatedly did it," said Jennings.

Jennings is now in line for a shot at WBC holder Bermane Stiverne. Meanwhile, Ireland had to settle for four silver medals at the European Youth and Junior Championships in Assisi, Italy yesterday.

Athlone's Cheyanne O'Neill, Dundalk's Amy Broadhurst, Belfast's Kristina O'Hara and Dublin's Shaneen Flynn lost their respective Youth and Junior finals.

Broadhurst was controversially adjudged to have been beaten on a split decision to Valery Manchak of the Ukraine in the 57kg final.

The Irish feather won the first two rounds, but took a count after being caught on the ropes in the third. She also controversially took a count in the fourth. However, many observers believed that when the ref stopped the action, that Manchak, who was clearly rocked by two big shots to the head, was going to take a count.

O'Hara was edged out on a majority decision by Russian Exaterina Paltseva in the flyweight class, and O'Neill lost on a unanimous decision to Swede Agnes Alexiusson. Flynn was beaten by Russia's Anastasia Artamonova in the bantamweight decider.

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