Bushey’s boxing star, Miles Shinkwin, has conceded he doesn’t have much hope of getting a rematch after his recent controversial English title defeat.
Shinkwin was left outraged after being stopped in the second round of the bout with Liam Conroy at Preston’s Guild Hall, as the pair boxed for the English light-heavyweight title.
The Bushey boxer started well and edged the opening round before a succession of punches to the back of Shinkwin’s head, which appeared illegal, led to the referee stopping the bout.
Shaun Messer was the man in the middle officiating the bout and he appeared to miss several illegal punches by Conroy, much to the annoyance of Shinkwin who prior to the bout built it up as a make or break match in his career.
Speaking to BusheyNews, Shinkwin said: “I am an honest man and if I felt I was beaten fairly I would have taken it, but this just doesn’t feel right. Particularly in what was such an important fight.
“Many people that watched the fight were immediately outraged at the amount of illegal punches and when I watched it back, I felt exactly the same.
“Usually in a fight you might get away with one or two illegal punches to the back of the head but Liam got away with much, much more. I don’t blame him as it is up to the referee to spot it and step in and he didn’t.
“To make matters worse the referee came into the dressing room beforehand to say he won’t tolerate punches to the back of the head, but that’s exactly what happened.
“We have asked Liam and his camp for a rematch and we haven’t heard back, so I don’t hold out much hope. We have also contacted the boxing federation for them to watch the tape and make a judgement, but again I don’t hold out much hope.
“Before the match I said I would retire if I lost. But at this moment that doesn’t feel like the right thing to do under the circumstances. I will see what happens, but I hope to get another chance in the ring with Liam.”