Weighty problem after Marsh win
MATTHEW MARSH expects he will hear some good news and bad news from the British Boxing Board of Control, following his 10-round points success over Barnsley rival Josh Wale at York Hall on Friday night, writes LEN WHALEY. Marsh, from Canning Town s TKO
MATTHEW MARSH expects he will hear some good news and bad news from the British Boxing Board of Control, following his 10-round points success over Barnsley rival Josh Wale at York Hall on Friday night, writes LEN WHALEY.
Marsh, from Canning Town's TKO Gym, gave a sharp-hitting performance, but weighed just six ounces over the super-bantamweight limit, so could not claim the English title that was supposed to be at stake - and the Board could impose a punishment on him for the blunder.
However, the clash was also an eliminator for a British title fight and his manager Johnny Eames insists he should still get the chance against the winner of the Jason Booth versus Michael Hunter title clash on October 16.
"Surely the Board cannot deny Matthew a British title chance for just an extra six ounces," said Eames.
"We accept we made a mistake, because the scales Matthew used must have been faulty, but I still think he should get the chance against Booth or Hunter after such a good win over a tough rival," insisted the manager.
It has been a strange year for Marsh, who started 2009 as British champion, but then gave up the title after announcing a retirement that lasted just a few weeks.
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Marsh showed signs of his 10-month break from boxing when Wale, winner of all but one of his previous nine fights, opened with effective attacks to move into an early lead.
However, once he settled to show his boxing skills, Marsh took control of the fight with sharp-hitting punching bursts that proved too much for the Yorkshire boxer.
Wale tried hard to turn the fight his way but the TKO Gym fighter was voted a 97-94 points winner by referee Richie Davies, at the end of the tough 10-rounder.