Lenny Daws may appeal decison against Di Rocco
Carshalton light welterweight Lightning Lenny Daws (25-3-2) is considering appealing against the judges' decision to award Michele Di Rocco (35-1-1) the European title after the pair met on Saturday in Italy.
The 34-year-old former British and EU champion is adamant that home advantage swayed the decision in Di Rocco’s favour. Daws also hinted at possible rule infringements that may have affected the outcome.
Daws told the Kingston Guardian's Tim Ashton: “Whether the Italians had set all these things up to disrupt us, I don’t know, but all these things affect your fight.
“I’m waiting to see the fight back on TV because there are a couple of issues surrounding how many people Di Rocco had in his corner. At one point his promoter was in the corner tended to his cut, which is against the rules. If the play-back confirms it, I think we may appeal against it.
“It was a frustrating night. It was always going to be hard to win on points, but I thought I had done enough.
“He had a good first round, but I cut him in the second with a clean jab, and from round four on, he was running away.
“In the 12th, I put him over with another clean jab, but the referee did not count it as a knock-down and it cost me two points in the end, which would have been enough for a draw.
“If the fight had been in a neutral country, we would have got it. But that is what boxing is like.”
Daws has been in training for the bout since January. Italian promoters OPI2000 moved the date several times, and didn't disclose venue details until the last minute – one of a few factors that have not impressed Daws.