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Following the official Featherweight Championship Eliminator between JOSH WALE (England) and DAI DAVIES (Wales) that took place in Rotherham on 30th May a number of complaints were received by both the CBC and the BBB of C including one from the manager of Davies, Dai Gardiner about the score of sole scoring Referee John Latham in favour of Wale, 96/95.
During their monthly meeting on 10th June the Stewards of the BBBofC considered these complaints along with reports of the contest and following their consideration have determined that no further action is necessary.
They also noted that the contest was an excellent, ‘very good close contest’. One of the reports considered was that of respected weekly ‘Boxing News’ reporter Andy Whittle who wrote that the Mr Latham’s decision ‘drew criticism in some quarters’ but that ‘the general consensus at ringside though was that there was never that much in it either way’.
The poor performance of Kenyan challenger, African Boxing Union Champion DANIEL WANYONYI has been the subject of correspondence between the Hon Secretary and both Kenya Professional Boxing Commission CBC Director the HON REUBEN NDOLO and Tanzanian Professional Boxing Commission Ltd CBC Director ONESMO NGOWI who is also the IBF representative for Africa.
Both Mr Ndolo and Mr Ngowi, along with fellow East African CBC Director for the Uganda Professional Boxing Commission CELESTINO MINDRA are active in seeking to raise the standard of the sport in East Africa and to ensure the best of that part of the continent get Commonwealth opportunities and their plans will be the subject of consideration by CBC Directors during the course of the next Annual General Meeting scheduled to take place on dates to be confirmed in September or October.