Wayne Reed’s ambitions of achieving super-middleweight Prizefighter glory and pocketing a £32,000 cheque at Liverpool Olympia in a Sky televised show were dashed in controversial fashion when despite knocking down rapidly tiring local favourite Joe Ainscough in the dying seconds of the three round contest with a short hook he was deemed the beaten boxer on a split decision verdict.
What provoked the anger of trainer Glyn Rhodes though, was the fact that one of the three scoring judges, Gillingham’s Ian John-Lewis, had turned in a card awarding victory to Ainscough by a score of 30-28 despite him being felled late on.
The scoring was explained by the fact that Mr John-Lewis had adjudged the knockdown to have been simply a slip and had scored the last session level at 10-10. Twickenham’s Marcus McDonnell had Ainscough edging it 29-28 whilst Paisley’s Victor Laughlin had Reed winning 29-27. The concensus at ringside was that Ainscough had been the stronger boxer in the opening round, with Sheffield battler Wayne upping the ante in the third.
Rhodes told The Star: “Wayne was robbed of a genuine quarter final win - and that alone cost him a minimum of £4,000. Somebody has got to explain this injustice.”
Eventual winner of the tournament was Liverpool novice Rocky Fielding, who having only stepped in at a weeks notice, and having had only three previous bouts promptly won all three of his fights inside the distance, a final victory over Swansea’s Tobias Webb, who having been down twice, retired at the end of the opener. Patrick J Maxwell, formerly of Sheffield but now Leeds-based, had been halted by Fielding with 31 seconds of the second round remaining of their quarter-final.