Bellingham’s Title Shot Hit By Scoring Controversy on stacked Queensbury card

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Alex Bellingham has vowed to fulfil his ambition of becoming a Queensbury Boxing League champion after a night of high drama and controversy at Epsom Downs Racecourse ended in heartbreak for the Orpington fighter.

Competing for the League’s National Welterweight Title on Saturday night, the 23-year old goldsmith was thought by many in the packed audience to have outpointed his big-hitting opponent Danny ‘Relentless’ Stalford. To Bellingham’s dismay however, the decision was read out as a majority verdict in favour of Stalford.

In a further twist, following a recount the decision was amended to a draw. This was no consolation to the former amateur star who was convinced he had dominated the match.

“I thought I won four of the five rounds. I followed the game plan but I should have thrown more punches on the inside.”

Asked whether his opponent caused him any problems, Bellingham conceded “Danny landed a good bodyshot at the end of the third round, so I took the fourth to recover from it.

“When I heard I’d lost I thought ‘what a joke!’ What does it take for me to win – do I need to become a brawler?”

Bellingham only discovered after he had left the ring that the decision had been changed. “I didn’t know what to think. At the same time I also felt sorry for Danny after he thought he won the belt.”

Despite the display of sportsmanship towards his opponent, Bellingham is not overly concerned who he fights next. “I’ll take the rematch if needed but don’t think there’s a need when I outboxed him like that, especially after only finding out I was boxing him on one and a half week’s notice.

“I didn’t think there was a debate this time – I haven’t spoke to one person who thought I lost the fight. If I thought I lost I would be the first one to say ‘that’s boxing.’

“I want to win that National Title though. I don’t want to take a step backwards, that’s not how I work.”

Results in brief: –

Stuart laming beat Paul Horry with a 1st round stoppage at Cruiserweight, John Allen beat Ben Agboh over 3 rounds on points at Light-heavy, Ian Darvill got a majority points decision over Amir Saghalati in their 3 round war at Light-Wlter, Andre Grant beat paul Marsden over 4 rounds on points at Super-Feather, Gavin Lissenden retained his regional Super-Middle title stopping Jake Heasman in the 3rd of their 4 rounder, Ricky James beat John Moloney on points over 4 rounds at Middleweight, Joe Draper stopped Tom Bevington in the 4th round to take the vacant regional Middleweight title, Daniel Burke beat George Pickett taking the vacant Light-Heavyweight novice title by majority decision, Kane Baker beat Lee Cannon on points over 4 rounds to take the vacant regional Light-Middleweight title, Dominic Felix beat Terry Russell on points over 5 rounds to take the vacant national Light-Heavyweight title, Shafqat Khan beat Mikey Darvill on points over 3 rounds in their Light-Middleweight bout and Alexander Uwwgba got a majority points decision over 3 rounds at Light-Cruiser beating Marc Barrett.

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