British boxing was up in arms today after judges denied Sheffield’s Junior Witter a win in a 12-round points battle for the EBU-EU (European Union) welterweight title.
The former WBC champion was outpointed by local favourite Ahmed El Mousaoui, 25, in Alpes-Maritimes, France.
Many observers felt the 41 year old Ingle campaigner had done enough to win and had been penalised harshly throughout.
Frankie Gavin, who was the last boxer to beat Witter four years ago, tweeted: “@JrWitter unlucky last night I thought you did enough... That was never a knockdown an point for holding weren’t warranted either.”
Sheffield boxer Atif Shafiq added: “Soo they gave the decision to the french lad even tho he didnt even land a glove.”
Witter, who has been in with the likes of Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander and DeMarcus Corley, also re-tweeted two postings claiming he’d been “robbed.”
Again, Witter, who looked in superb shape, will have to consider his next move in a sport sometimes ruled by politics.
The defeat left him with a W43(23)-L7(1)-D2 in 53 fights.
Witter had previously said he’d seen the opportunity “as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.”
But he’d not envisaged losing. And the game warrior deserves another shot.