Angelo Dragone undone by suspect scorecard as Kristian Touze becomes new Welsh champion

Angelo Dragone undone by suspect scorecard as Kristian Touze becomes new Welsh champion

Carmarthen’s Angelo Dragone (5-1) left the ring feeling wronged after losing a 97-94 decision to Swansea’s Kristian Touze (9-0-2), who became Welsh super-featherweight champion after 10 enthralling rounds.

The West Walian derby grew into a big attraction amongst locals in the area, enticing terrestrial channel S4C to broadcast the Sanigar Events show live from the LC2 in Swansea. The action lived up to the occasion and didn’t disappoint – only the scorecard of referee Reece Carter tainted the contest.

Dragone was in hot pursuit from the opening bell and managed to close the distance, firing away short hooks to the body up close. Touze tried pot shotting and when Dragone got past that, Touze attempted to tie him up, turn and skip away for longer range exchanges.

The action didn’t slow in the second round and a straight right hand bloodied Touze’s nose. Before the round was out, an accidental head clash left the southpaw bleeding from a cut above his eyebrow. Dragone looked far too strong and even when his blatant aggression resulted in him taking shots, Touze’s shots couldn’t slow Dragone’s relentless attacks.

Touze had his first stint of success in the fourth round, managing to score from range and smother Dragone when they came shoulder-to-shoulder. However, it was short lived and Dragone reimposed himself soon after. The only interruptions came when Touze spoilt the action, leading to another accidental clash of heads and it was Dragone’s turn to bleed, a small cut opening below his left eye.

A round later, Dragone’s right eye had a matching cut and it inspired Touze into action, helping him to bank the round and stop the rot. The eighth session may later become the round of 2019 for Welsh boxing. Both took turns to unload on each other, nearing the point of exhaustion. The only difference between them was Dragone’s strength, which made more of an impression.

The last rounds were fought amidst an unbelievable atmosphere and both emptied the tank, earning enormous credit and applause from the most vocal crowd seen at a Welsh title fight in years. Dragone will believe he did more than enough, though is unlikely to be granted a rematch.

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