Defeated Amir unhappy with referee’s scoring

Pictures by Duncan Young,'19/10/2102.'Action from the Midlands Area lightweight title fight . Kev Hooper V Amir Unsworth.
Pictures by Duncan Young,'19/10/2102.'Action from the Midlands Area lightweight title fight . Kev Hooper V Amir Unsworth.

Sleaford boxer Amir Unsworth said he was baffled with the scoring after he lost his Midlands area title fight against Kev Hooper in Cleethorpes on Friday night.

The 10-round bout at the Beachcomber Club was extremely close and ringside observers were split as to which boxer had won the fight.

The referee, however, wasn’t as unsure and he awarded Hooper the victory by a massive 99 points to 91 margin!

Amir was fired-up for the lightweight bout but was left frustrated as Hooper stuck rigidly to a clever fight plan of boxing at a safe distance and utilising his height and reach advantage to land punches and rack up the points.

Amir did have some success as he closed down the challenger as the fight ticked into the final rounds. He landed with a swinging left-hook several times and pummelled in shots to the body as he forced his opponent to the ropes but Grimsby’s undefeated Hooper, to his credit, remained composed behind a tight defence and scooted away from incoming attacks.

Unsworth said: “My understanding is if you’re a challenging for a title you have to convincingly beat the champion, not hit and run all night, land with arm punches, hold and spoil. To me he didn’t deserve to take my title.

“The scoreline was absolutely ridiculous. The referee told me in round eight that I hadn’t won a round! But some of Hooper’s fans said to my supporters they thought I’d won the fight.

“I caught him with some body shots and I could hear him wincing but he did very well at smothering me, or spinning me off and running away.

“Looking back, I should have stood off him more and made him come to me so he had no choice but to fight.”

He continued: “I’m wound up about the scorecard but I’m not with my performance because I performed to my best. I’m all about having a good fight, getting stuck in and putting on a good show for the paying public.

“Everything went right in the build-up, the training was great and I felt the fittest I’ve ever been. But one thing I do know is, at 31 it’s too hard for me to make the weight for fights at lightweight now.

“It takes something out of me, sometimes my punch resistance goes, as it has in the past, or it takes a bit of the snap away from my punches. Now I’ve lost my belt I think it’s the right time to move up a weight class to light-welterweight.

“I just want to say thanks to all the fans from Sleaford and the Army for their fantastic support.”