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Draw verdict

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, December 03, 2012

SAMOAN middleweight champion Afakasi Pele Faumuina's manager Napoleon Victor Stanley expressed disappointment after the judges returned a majority draw decision in the main fight of the Wild West Boxing Promotions Program against Abhay Chand.

According to Stanley, Afakasi should have been declared the clear winner as he dominated the bout.

Judge Meli Bogileka scored 98-98 a draw, judge Vereniki Raiwalui scored 96-94 in favour of Afakasi while judge Fatu Tuimanono scored 95-95 a draw.

Stanley said they could not believe when the judges gave the verdict which seemed to be a home town decision.

He said Afakasi lost only one or two rounds.

"We are disappointed with the final result," Stanley said.

"I did not expect this before the fight and not even after the fight. If Pele lost a round, then it would be either one or two.

"No way this was going to be a draw. The referee should have deducted Abhay's points for dirty tactics.

"I don't know if we will fight Abhay again. It would not be good."

Boxing enthusiast Mustafa Khattab who witnessed the bout said Afakasi should have been declared the winner.

Khattab said Abhay did not display anything fancy.

"I don't believe that this kind of decision should be fair for a person coming from overseas," Khattab said.

"The final result was questionable. The fight wasn't as lively. Abhay did not prove himself and I think the long stoppage in boxing in the country certainly affected him."

Abhay entered the ring without wearing canvas. The younger and faster Afakasi worked cleverly around the ring in the early stages.

He was sharp with his punches. Abhay seemed to be looking for the big swinging punch to deck Afakasi but this never came. The fight lacked the pre-match hype which frustrated the fans at times.

Abhay's trainer Farmaan Ali said the fight was very close.

He said though Abhay threw less punches, he connected on most occasions.

"With one month training Abhay did quite well," Ali said. "The ring was a bit slippery after the boxers, trainers and official entered the ring with wet shoes."

With the draw, Abhay is yet to beat the Samoan champion losing on points in the other previous two meetings.