Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Boxing: Fryers glory... but Conlan’s robbed

Ulster Elite Championships

Michael Conlan was left bewildered by the decision which took away his flyweight title last night.

Incredibly all five judges had scored in favour of the St John Bosco man (15-9, 16-10, 11-8, 10-5, 12-9) but the computer verdict was 6-3 in favour of Declan Milligan of St Paul’s.

It was a shameful way for Conlan to lose his title as he had dominated from start to finish.

“I can’t believe it, how could they come up with that decision. Well, I’ll just have to go down to Dublin now and win the Irish title,” said Conlan.

“I couldn’t believe it when after the first round I was told I was behind and then I had a great second round and I was still behind.”

As Conlan went home dejected, Immaculata man James Fryers had only one concern — telling his mother Josephine how he had become the Ulster lightweight champion.

Holy Trinity’s Mark O’Hara was defending the title and entered the ring a slight favourite but found himself trailing 4-0 at the end of the second round as Fryers picked his shots with fine accuracy and maintained a tight guard.

But O’Hara went for broke in the final three minutes and only lost his title 4-3.

Most Improved Young Boxer Fryers said: “My mum’s a nurse in the Royal so I’m gutted she’s not here but I have to go and ring her and tell her the news.”

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