BOXING: Fighters curse their luck in latest bouts

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TWO South Holland Boxing Academy fighters were unfortunate to lose their latest bouts.

Jack Fowler suffered a thumb injury en route to a defeat against Pierce Baxter at March ABC, while Luke Nicholson was shocked to lose on points against Dagenham ABC’s Kerim Agius.

The Fowler versus Baxter battle was a rematch from March 14, when the South Holland lad won on home soil at Holbeach.

An exciting prospect, Fowler started well and won the opening round. But he damaged his right thumb in the second, which left him unable to sustain his strong two-handed combinations that he’s become recognised for.

Eventually he lost the fight by a majority decision and was angry with his performance.

Meanwhile, Nicholson travelled down to Essex for his fight – and he gave a cracking account of himself.

Despite his efforts, he was unable to convince the judges that he’d out-boxed Agius, leaving South Holland coach John Sutton flabbergasted.

Sutton said: “I’m astounded that Kerim got the decision, Luke won every round in my book.

“You only had to look at the home fighter’s face. Luke was unmarked, compared to his rival. But that’s boxing at this level, you win some, you lose some.

“We don’t mind losing in a fair fight, but to lose in a one-sided contest is a very hard pill to swallow.”

There was some comfort in defeat, as Nicholson received his trophy from the former WBC and WBA heavyweight champion “Terrible” Tim Witherspoon, who also signed a picture for him.