Luck deserts Luke in London final
PUBLISHED: 16:45 20 October 2010
A STUMBLE in the final round may have denied Hooks ABC’s Luke Robinson a place in the NACYP national championships.
Trailing to Fitzroy Lodge’s Ricardo Slue in the class C under-86kg London final on Saturday, Robinson appeared to be gaining the upper hand as the contest drew to a close.
But the Hooks fighter – who had already taken two counts – seemed to lose his footing and, with 30 seconds remaining, the referee stopped the contest under the three-count rule.
“People had been slipping all day and, no disrespect to the referee – he may have seen it differently – but I didn’t think there was a punch,” said Hooks trainer Steve Newland.
“Luke needed a big last round and that’s what he was giving us. I really thought it was anybody’s at that stage and we’re gutted to lose it in that way.”
Robinson, who now plans to drop down a weight, struggled to find his range against the tidy Slue, who wasted very few punches and caught his opponent with the jab in the second round.
Although Robinson took another count on the ropes in the next round, he fought back with a series of hooks and uppercuts, narrowing the gap until the contest was brought to an untimely halt.
And there was no joy for Hooks’ other representative at the London finals in Romford, with Tommy McDonagh losing a majority decision to West Ham’s Kaliq Miah in the class A under-66kg.
McDonagh appeared to land a greater number of shots during the contest, but Miah caught him on two or three occasions – and those apparently swung the verdict in his favour.
Meanwhile, Hooks’ Eddie McDonagh was unlucky to lose a unanimous decision to E Wade (Lowestoft) on Friday’s show at East Ham Working Men’s Club.
The Hooks youngster – who was beaten by a much bigger opponent in his previous bout – finished strongly against Wade, but it was not enough to earn him the victory.
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