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Fulmer in focus at national boxing titles
Fulmer in focus at national boxing titles

UPDATE: Jordan Samadarli and Joe Scaffidi are the last two Western Australian men left at the national amateur boxing championships in Fremantle.

Devellerez BC fighter Samadarli faces Tasmanian Dylan Hardy in the elite 81kg final on Saturday night after a 3-0 defeat of NSW's Pauno Lopeti.

And Joe Scaffidi will fight for the 49kg title against NSW's Joshua English.

But it was the scoring of the judges earlier in the evening which drew the ire of fans and coaches at the Esplanade Hotel with three WA fighters controversially denied the chance of reaching the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The biggest outcry came after Jayden Hansen (Fox's) was on the wrong end of 2-1 scoreline against Jackson Woods, despite inflicting a standing count on the Tasmanian in the second round.

That result, along with the losses of Callum Cassidy (Bradricks 64kg) and Matt Linsley (Petersons 60kg), brought a blast from Cassidy's coach Phil Crawley.

“Callum was robbed of a place in the national finals,” Crawley said.

“After totally outboxing (Victorian James) Mallia in round one and being the aggressor, throwing more punches that landed correctly to both head and body, keeping a tight guard, all the things the new judges rules are looking for the decision went against him.

“To say he is gutted is an understatement. He boxed fantastic tonight and won, there has to be an inquest into the new scoring system as three out of four WA boxers lost when they should be in the finals. Callum Cassidy, Matt Lindsey, Jayden Hansen all won tonight.

“This has cost three of WA’s elite boxers a place in Sunday’s finals and the possibility of making the Commonwealth Games team.”

There is an all WA-bout in the elite women's 48kg final tonight, although that is not one of the three weight divisions included in women's boxing in Glasgow.

Bec O'Shaughnessy (Mach 1 48kg) will meet Kelly Coull (Mandurah BC), with the winner well placed to go to the women's world championships in South Korea later this year.

The West Australian

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