Lee Connelly would love a re-match with former British champion Paul Appleby after a controversial loss in Glasgow on Saturday.
But the truth is, he’s unlikely to get one.
Despite his modest record, (now Won 2 Lost 5) Connelly, who lives in Killamarsh and was born in Chesterfield, is a dangerous, plucky customer.
And he certainly didn’t deserve the 59-56 verdict handed out by the ref at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow against Appleby, 25, a more experienced fighter (W19 L4) and former national champion at featherweight.
Connelly bloodied the bigger man’s nose in the first round, but then had to withstand a flurry of punches on the ropes in rounds two and three. The Scotsman, once tipped as a future world champion, was rocked by a savage uppercut in the middle round of the six sessions, but Connelly couldn’t go on to profit.
While Appleby was bleeding heavily again in round five and Connelly was holding the centre of the ring, the underdog couldn’t find the punch that would have forced the ref to at least award the verdict many expected, a draw.
Fellow boxer Curtis Woodhouse tweeted to Connelly: “You fought very well pal, for them to give you 1 round was a joke, No way you will get a rematch! You got a bright future.”
To have a winning future, handler Carl Greaves has to find a way to improve several aspect’s of this novice’s style. But he is brave, resourceful and has a strong chin...all qualities that can be built upon.
The televised fight was on the undercard of the Ricky Burns v Raymundo Beltran draw.