Feature | Nov 30 2019

The Away Fighter: “I just felt it was set up”

As British boxing claims responsibility for a spate of recent officiating controversies, Elliot Worsell speaks to an away fighter on the receiving end
Joshua Buatsi v Ryan Ford - WBA International Light-Heavyweight Title  |  Joshua Buatsi vs. Ryan Ford (Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge)

THE Away Fighter knew both what was expected of him and what he was letting himself in for.

He knew the rules of the game and understood that his rules differed to those of his opponent. He realised, too, that his name, as the B-side, was all but irrelevant and that the same could be said for three scorecards and the expertise of the three judges tasked with putting pencil to paper and filling them in. By irrelevant, of course, he meant out of his control.

The last time The Away Fighter boxed out of the away corner he was in Germany losing a fight he was actually winning against a German. He was, despite dominating, somehow trailing on points, yet would recover from a vicious low blow in the third round to confound his opponent, the three judges and the rules of the game by securing a stoppage victory in the eighth.


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