Boxing: Harrogate star Simpson denied in decision

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One of Harrogate’s top amateur boxers was controversially denied progression in a national competition on Tuesday night.

Will Simpson lost a split decision to Leeds cruiserweight Denzil Browne in the first round of the Amateur Boxing Association national competition at the Octagon Centre, Sheffield. The 22-year-old needed to win two rounds of the competition to close in on a place on the Great British amateur squad.

Harrogate boxing coach John Lewis said: “It was absolutely daylight robbery. The whole crowd started booing.“The judges were a sham. It was the worst decision I have ever seen. I can’t understand these officials, they break these kids’ hearts.Everybody said he won the fight.”

Lewis said Simpson will continue to pursue his bid to reach the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016. The former St John Fisher Catholic High School pupil will next enter the Harringay Championship in London in May. Lewis added: “He has taken it on the chin, man up and buckle up. A lot of kids would think, ‘what’s the point in doing this. I am winning these and not getting the decisions’. Will won’t do that. We have already started planning which competitions he will go in next.”