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17.04.2004 Sports News

Adamu To Get C’wealth Rematch

By Michael Quaye for Graphic

Former Commonwealth super middleweight champion, Charles Adamu, could have a chance to redeem his crown soon.

The assurance follows the Commonwealth Boxing Council's (CBC) admission that “the achievement of Adamu in capturing the title away from home in the first place and the closeness by which he lost it have been noted by the directors” of the Council.

It also comes in the wake of a protest advanced to the CBC against the judgment of the sole referee/judge for the fight by Team Adamu who considered the Ghanaian boxer to have been robbed.In a reply to the protest letter, CBC Honourary Secretary, Simon Block, said, “I have been asked to see by what means it may be possible for Adamu to be granted a further opportunity to challenge for this championship”.

The Ghanaian lost the title in a defence to Britain's Carl Froch last March 12, but newspaper reports suggested that the fight was much closer than the unanimous verdict handed to Froch.In the protest letter, Adamu's camp asked the CBC to “diligently study what transpired on March 12,” critically review the decision of the fight referee “and order a rematch”.

The CBC's response, however, admitted that the fight was a closely contested one and that “even the much respected boxing newspaper, Boxing News, indicated that the contest could have gone either way”.The Council said it was upon that basis that Adamu is being considered for a rematch for the title.

Team Adamu also protested against the failure by fight authorities to take samples of both boxers after the bout as it happened on the occasion the Ghanaian won the title.

But the CBC assumed that in the first instance, samples of the boxers were taken before and after the fight because Adamu failed to produce a sample in sufficient quantities to enable a test to be carried out when he arrived in Britain.

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