A CONTROVERSIAL points decision denied boxer Jack Steff a winning return to the ring.
The 19-year-old faced British number four Peter Bevvington (Macclesfield ABC) at Congleton Town Hall after an 18-month lay-off.
And it seemed the talented amateur fighter, who has pulled on an England vest, had done enough to get the judges verdict after flooring his opponent in the second round and dominating the remainder of the bout.
However, spectators were rendered speechless as Bevvington was given the nod by means of majority decision. “Nobody could believe it,” said coach Brian Roche. “We thought he had won every round. Peter was a clever boxer and a very tough opponent but Jack was still too good for him, even after having not boxed for 18 months. Jack floored him in the second round.”
Roche added: “It was a cracking fight. It brought the house down and everyone in the hall was on their feet. Jack’s just itching to get back in to the ring again now.”
But there was success for two of Roche’s youngsters at the same venue. Willy Smith (13) maintained his undefeated start to his career as he triumphed unanimously over Beartown Boxing Club’s Brad Hudson. And 15-year-old Colette Caldwell had her arm held aloft as she beat Lisa Savage.