Istanbul Bophorus lodge protest after DOJ defeat

Turkey’s Istanbul Bosphorus have lodged a protest on behalf of Ireland’s David Oliver Joyce following his loss in the World Series of Boxing in Leipzig, Germany.

Joyce, signed with Bosphorus, was adjudged to have lost a points decision to Rashid Kassem of the Leipzig Leopards on Saturday night.

The Leopards, who have Ken Egan and Con Sheehan in their squad – neither Irish boxer was in action – won the five-bout match 4-1.

Joyce shook his head in disbelief when the ref raised Kassem’s hand in victory.The St Michael’s, Athy lightweight believed he should have got the decision over the Danish champion after the five-rounder. “I was devastated . . . it was a very bad decision as I won the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds,” he said.

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