Gutsy Warrington, Hall victories overshadowed by poor judging

WBN 16/04/2016

Josh Warrington put in a gutsy performance to overcome tough Japanese warrior Hisashi Amagasa at the First Direct Arena in his hometown of Leeds.

The 25 year-old began brightly and seemed to put the first few rounds in the bank until Amagasa woke up in the fourth round.

Amagasa, who once dropped Guillermo Rigondeaux, rallied well in the middle of the fight and was level on my card after eight sessions.

To his great credit, Warrington sensed the contest might be close and upped his work-rate in the last quarter to seal a second successful defence of his fringe WBC featherweight belt,

Two judges came back with cards that could be argued for Warrington to a point in 118-111 and 117-111, but scoring from a Bulgarian official of 120-107 was completely unfathomable.

Hopefully, the WBC will review the scorecard handed in – that included a 10-8 round with no knockdown, as it was a complete insult to Amagasa’s gallant effort.

In the co-feature, former IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall moved a step closer to a shot at regaining the title with a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Rodrigo Guerrero.

Hall and Guerrero went at it in an entertaining fight that could have gone either way but was eventually settled by wide margins in favour of the Briton.

Despite Guerrero seemingly doing enough to warrant close cards, Hall got the verdict 117-111 across the board and is now in the frame for a rematch with Lee Haskins.

In the TV opener, Martin J Ward extended his undefeated run to 16 bouts with a points victory over Ruddy Encarnacion, whilst late on, Isaac Chamberlain dropped Russ Henshaw in the first before finishing the job in the sixth round to win a battle of perfect records.

Prior to the Sky Sports coverage, promising featherweight Reece Mould began his career with an early stoppage victory over Phil Hervey.

Jeff Saunders, Maxi Hughes and Jake Ball all landed six session points wins over Mark McKray, Michael Mooney and Colin Farricker respectively. Hughes improves to 16-2-2 as Ball and Saunders take their perfect records to 5-0 and 7-0.

Unbeaten welterweight Darren Tetley successfully made it to 11-0 with a six round points win over Casey Blair, whilst unheralded journeyman Adam Jones shocked Daryl Baptiste in the opener by stopping the super welterweight in the fifth round of a decent contest.