El Maachi dashes Witter’s Prizefighter tilt

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YASSINE El Maachi stunned South Yorkshire former world champion Junior Witter in the final of the Prizefighter Welterweights tournament last night.

At a sold out York Hall, Bethnal Green, El Maachi recorded a three round majority decision to pocket the £32,000 prize money. The judges scores were 29-29, 29-28 and 29-28.

Witter, who had lost three of his last four bouts heading into the Sky-televised event, cruised into the last four of the competition after a dominant three round unanimous points decision over inexperienced boxer Nathan Graham.

The 37-year-old, who was bidding to resurrect his faltering career, then saw off former British Welterweight champion Kevin McIntyre 3-27, 29-27 and 29-27 to book his place in the final.

Tricky Moroccan-born southpaw El Maachi scraped past Colin Lynes in a controversial split decision in his semi-final showdown.

However, he outfoxed Witter in a bizarre finale, as the pair threw unorthadox punches from long range, the majority of which missed the target.

Now Witter, who won the WBC light-welterweight title fours years ago, faces an uncertain future in the sport following his final defeat.

Floyd Mayweather has revealed he will end his latest spell in retirement by challenging Victor Ortiz for the WBC welterweight title on September 17. Mayweather, who has not fought since outpointing Shane Mosley in May last year, announced the news on his Twitter account yesterday.

Mayweather’s announcement will raise hopes of an ultimate showdown with Manny Pacquiao. Thus far Mayweather has shown no desire to resume talks with the Filipino.