Lee McGregor undefeated British and Commonwealth bantamweight champion SIGNED (silver sharpie) victory celebration 8" x 10" photo.
Lee McGregor edges Kash Farooq to unify titles in controversial all-Scottish thriller.
Lightning is now the unified British and Commonwealth champion after earning a surprise nod on the scorecards.
In a candidate for 2019’s Fight of the Year, Lee McGregor won a controversial split decision to keep his Commonwealth bantamweight title and take Kash Farooq’s British crown.
The pair delivered the goods in one of the most exciting boxing dust-ups of the year at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow .
McGregor tried to bully his opponent but struggled to lay a glove on him, while Farooq landed more and better shots to claim the advantage in the third.
That made McGregor switch tactics, trying to keep his foe at arm’s length while scoring with the jab but he was again staggered by a couple of big right hands from the Glaswegian, who appeared to have shaded the fourth as well.
He didn’t rest on his laurels, though. Farooq punished McGregor by driving right and left hooks to the body in the fifth round, with the Saughton man looking tired.
The Commonwealth champ landed some good uppercuts in the sixth but he was again outworked by Farooq. McGregor had a second wind in the seventh, landing three successive right uppercuts which slowed Farooq down but didn’t stop him.
However, Farooq’s fitness told in the eighth when he outworked and outpunched his man, who also landed blows of his own – just not as many. McGregor switched to southpaw but couldn’t keep Farooq at bay. He pushed Farooq through the ropes in the ninth but referee Victor Loughlin refused to deduct a point from him.
McGregor was finally penalised for holding in the 10th and that left him needing a KO to win it. He edged the 11th but that wasn’t going to be enough. Farooq just needed to stay on his feet and he walked through a big right as the Edinburgh man pushed for the Hail Mary punch.
McGregor started and finished strongly but Farooq appeared to outwork and outpunch his rival and a rematch must surely be on the cards.
The decision of one judge to award McGregor the decision by 115-112 – after he had had a point deducted – was outrageous.
McGregor said: “I was confident I had won but with the point off I knew it would be close.
“If you go on social media it will be split down the middle again, with some people saying McGregor by one and others saying Farooq by one.”
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