LEE McGREGOR was named a highly controversial winner over Kash Farooq after 12 gruelling rounds to take the British bantamweight title while defending his Commonwealth bantamweight strap inside Glasgow’s Emirates Arena.
It appeared that Farooq had done enough to take the decision after bossing large sections of the contest but he was stunned to hear scores of 114-113 and 115-112 go against him. The scores were even more puzzling given that McGregor lost a point along the way. The third tally was 114-113 for Farooq. Boxing News scored the bout 115-112 for Farooq.
The result triggered some ugly scenes at ringside as local fans threw plastic glasses in protest. The contest, though, was a tremendous spectacle that showcased the considerable talents of two young Scottish fighters.
“I’m absolutely over the moon,” said McGregor. “I felt I had a strong start and Kash came on strong in the middle rounds. I was confident I had won the fight clearly but with the point off I wasn’t sure. It was the kind of fight where the opinion will be split 50/50 as to who people thought won.
“I showed I wanted to win more and I think that’s why I got it. I’ve done this after just eight fights and I’m only 22 years old.”
Lee McGregor, who has a had a torrid time in his personal life in recent years, revealed that his aunt passed away a week before the fight. It was a startling admission and highlighted his astonishing spirit.