Two of Crawley Boxing Club’s rising stars were both on the end of shocking hometown decisions on Saturday night.
Light heavyweight Pete Murphy and welterweight Callum MacCrossen both travelled to Basildon where they faced Billericay fighters, and both saw their efforts end in vain as poor decisions went against them.
First up MacCrossen in his three round bout with Warren Ely, and, despite landing all the scoring punches and looking by far the better boxer it was the home town fighter who stole a split decision.
The opening round was a scrappy affair with Ely looking to grab and hold whenever MacCrossen went to work on the inside.
This proved to be the pattern for much of the fight and Crawley’s Mighty Mac can rightly feel very aggrieved not to have got the verdict.
Murphy boxed a return against Mark Emerson, and again the judges’ interpretation of the scoring left much to be desired.
Emerson constantly tried bullying his way forward throughout the three fast paced rounds, while Murphy displayed text book boxing, always scoring with his shots only for the judges to give it to the home boxer on the tightest of split decisions.
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