‘Gut­ted’ Fa­rooq has heart set on re­match

Evening Times - - SPORT - Ewing Gra­hame

GLAS­GOW’S Kash Fa­rooq last night de­manded a re­match from Ed­in­burgh’s Lee McGre­gor af­ter los­ing his Bri­tish ban­tamweight ti­tle to the Com­mon­wealth champ at the Emi­rates Arena on Satur­day on a con­tro­ver­sial split de­ci­sion.

Two judges de­liv­ered a 114-113 score­card, with one in favour of Fa­rooq and the other vot­ing for McGre­gor. How­ever, it was the 115-112 verdict for McGre­gor from Mark Lyson which had pun­ters at ring­side and arm­chair fight fans rub­bing their eyes in dis­be­lief, par­tic­u­larly since McGre­gor had had a point de­ducted by ref­eree Vic­tor Lough­lin in the 10th round for re­peated hold­ing.

Many ob­servers felt that McGre­gor needed a knock-out to come out on top af­ter that and he cer­tainly put in a strong fin­ish but Fa­rooq was stunned when he heard the scores.

“Go­ing into the fi­nal round, we thought we had it in the bag,” he said. “But I didn’t come out with all guns blaz­ing or do any­thing silly.

“I didn’t think I had to win the round, just get through it.

“I feel that I did more than enough to win but my ti­tle’s been taken away from me and I’m gut­ted by that. It’s part and par­cel of box­ing, though.

“If Lee stays at ban­tamweight then I want a re­match. How­ever, I don’t ex­pect him to give me one; he’ll ei­ther move on or move up a weight.

“Maybe I’ll get him again fur­ther down the line but I’m all right – there’s no point in feel­ing sorry for my­self it or cry­ing about it be­cause that’s not go­ing to help me.

“Right now I’m go­ing to take a few days off but then I’ll be back in the gym, back be­fore he is.

“I’ve got the hunger and the fire in my belly.”

Fa­rooq’s man­ager, Iain Wilson, re­vealed af­ter­wards that Fa­rooq won’t climb into the ring un­til April af­ter train­ing for four ti­tle fights in the last year.

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