Judges scorn Buckland and Hughes in London

Judges scorn Buckland and Hughes in London

On Saturday, Gary Buckland‘s (29-6, 9KO) bid to become the first two weight champion in the history of the Prizefighter tournament backfired. The former British super-featherweight champion, now at lightweight, was on the wrong end of a questionable Split Decision in the semi-finals, with Dublin’s Jono Carroll (6-0, 1KO) prevailing and eventually winning the competition. Cardiff’s Buckland, who trains at St Joseph’s Boxing Club in Newport, started the night at York Hall well by winning every round of his quarter-final against Southern Area champion Floyd Moore. However, defeat to Carroll in the next round was the Welshman’s third of 2014. In 2010, Buckland stormed to the super-featherweight trophy with a win over Stevie Bell and stoppages of then British champion Gary Sykes and future European title challenger Derry Mathews. On the same show, Danny ‘Maxi’ Hughes (13-1-2, 2KO) took a sideways step towards the British title with a draw against Martin J Ward (10-0-2, 5KO). While Hughes has reason to be disgruntled with the strange scorecards, Ward has equal reason to be upset with the refereeing, with Phil Edwards counting a heavy accidental clash of heads and a slip as knockdowns. The bout was technical throughout as both took turns to apply pressure. Hughes, pushed Ward back more and appeared to be picking the former Team GB member off from the southpaw stance but it wasn’t enough to convince the judges, with one somehow only giving the 24-year-old three of the ten rounds. Hughes, part-Welsh but based in Doncaster, had been training with Gary Lockett in Cardiff and living with his father in Llanelli. However, this training camp was all based in Yorkshire, under the guidance of Dave Hulley, allowing Hughes to spar Jamie McDonnell and Josh Warrington, world and European champions respectively. Matchroom Sport’s Eddie Hearn, who promoted Saturday’s show on Sky Sports, has offered the rematch to Hughes’ manager, David Coldwell. The British super-featherweight title is currently held by Norwich’s world rated Liam Walsh (17-0, 11KO).

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