Upsall is stunned by defeat

Tommy Upsall.
Tommy Upsall.

Tommy Upsall was left questioning the judges’ decision after suffering defeat in Liverpool on Friday night.

The Boston Amateur Boxing Club senior faced Anthony Humphreys of Everton Red Triangle ABC at the North Liverpool Academy.

ERT are one of the oldest clubs in amateur and professional boxing, with a history which spans more than 100 years.

But reputations meant nothing to Upsall - who was taking part in his second bout in six days - in a fight his corner believed he should have won.

The first round saw Upsall having to cope with Humphreys’ long lead, but after the opening round concluded, the Boston corner changed their boxer’s offensive approach.

They encouraged him to lead with a back hand attack to open up his opponent’s body area.

In the second round, as was shown in the opening exchanges, the home-town fighter was vulnerable to Upsall’s strong offensive combinations.

The Boston corner were happy that their man was winning the bout and with only the final round to go, all Upsall had to do was to finish the contest strongly... or so they thought.

Humphreys had no answer to Upsall’s back hand as - with every attack - he was found wanting in his defence to Upsall’s vicious offence.

The Boston corner were delighted with their boxer’s approach to the contest, but their excitement was short lived.

Despite the Boston corner certain that their man had won by unanimous decision, it was actually Humphreys’ arm which was raised by the referee after the judges handed him a split decision.