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27.10.2005 Sports News

Verdict against Okine was fair - CBC

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Accra, Oct. 27, GNA - The Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) has said that the verdict against Joshua "Bukom Tsatsu" Okine in his title defence against Kevin Anderson early this month was fair. Okine lost his CBC Welterweight Title over 12 rounds to Anderson in Scotland early this month.

This is contrary to earlier reports that the Ghanaian was given a raw deal in the fight which two of the judges scored in favour of the Scottish with one going for Okine.

Information gathered by the GNA Sports from the secretariat of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) said the CBC arrived at the decision after a review of the fight at the last meeting of the CBC on October 7th in Spain.

Mr Simon Block, Honourable Secretary of the CBC in a correspondence to the GBA said the Council could not find any reason to suggest that a miscarriage of justice had taken place in the fight.

"All ringside observers including the Chairman of the CBC who was present as the supervisor were satisfied with the judges decision". Mr Block declared.

Mr Block also stated that none of the judges were Scottish as reported in sections of the media, adding that all of them were English. The Honourable Secretary said the CBC has recognised the achievement of Mr Okine in first capturing the Commonwealth title and making a successful defence of it against highly rated David Barnes before narrowly losing it to Anderson.

Mr Block said it is based on that recognition that the CBC immediately granted a final eliminator contest with a Ugandan boxer for Okine.

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