A day of controversy from the Robin Park Centre in Wigan England Saturday as John Murray won the fight but had lost his British lightweight belt Former British lightweight champion John Murray as he weighed in .08 kilogram (approximately 2 ounces) heavy at the previous day’s weigh-in of the Hennessy Sports promoted card. Despite the setback on the scales, Murray (27-0 15 KO) was relentless in his pursuit of opponent Scott Lawton, dropping him at the end of the first round and finally stopping him at 1:50 of the sixth round. Although a dominating performance where he was able to pin Lawton on the ropes for much of the night, the victory rang a bit hollow for Murray. “I was gutted,” said the undefeated fighter of what was to be the second defense of his British Championship. “It was unprofessional of me to come in heavy,” the fighter told ITV announcers after the fight expressing his desire to continue fighting at lightweight. “You learn from your mistakes, I just took my eye off the ball for a second, it was just a lapse.”
In other action, Canadian bantamweight champion Andrew Singh Kooner clashed heads with Asamoah Wilson of Ghana and came out of it with his second loss in shocking twist of events. A clash of heads in the opening moments knocked Kooner back into the ropes and opened a cut over his right eye. Ringside officials examined the gruesome laceration and the fight was called at the: 59 second mark. In most jurisdictions, the bout would have been called a no-contest, but under British rules, the verdict goes down as a loss for Kooner. The British born Kooner was fully expecting a no-contest and the reality only sunk in when the hand of Wilson was raised as the victor.
Controversy also marred the contest between Nadeem Siddique (22-2 6KO) and Tom Glover (8-5-3) in what was a rematch for both welterweight fighters. This one would end up in disqualification for Siddique who was returning to the ring for the first time in a year after his only career defeat. Siddique who easily handled Glover the first time around looked to be in control after six in what was a very close fight. But after being warned for low blows in the sixth, things began to go south for the Bradford fighter in the seventh, most particularly his punches. A tiring Siddique was penalized points in both the seventh and eighth before finally being disqualified at 2:25 of round nine by referee Howard Foster.
Other winner on the day included eighteen year-old super-featherweight Steve Barnes (3-0) with a 39-36 victory over Jevgenijs Kirillovs (0-2-1) of Latvia and welterweight Phil Fury (2-0) ending things in the second round over Matt Seawright (3-18).