Saturday night: Connelly earns plaudits despite defeat

Killamarsh boxer Lee Connelly
Killamarsh boxer Lee Connelly

Killamarsh battler Lee Connelly appeared to be the victim of a “home town” decision tonight.

He seemed destined for a draw - at least - over former British champion Paul Appelby, at light welterweight.

But the ref in Glasgow handed the result to Appelby, by a hard-to-accept 59-56 verdict.

Connelly, 25, had started well, was on the end of a second round barrage but asserted himself well from the middle round onwards, of this six-stanza fight.

Appelby, the bigger man, hit the harder, but his rival landed some good body shots and upper-cuts.

Many observers, and Connelly himself, felt he deserved a draw at least.

But sadly it wasn’t to be.

It means Connelly’s record has moved to won 2 Lost 5...which is not a representative record of his ability and courage.

He should take heart from that.

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