Monday, March 15, 1999 Published at 20:00 GMT
Fight judge defends his decision
Fight drawn: But the result continues to cause controversy
The British judge who awarded Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield equal points for their world heavyweight unification fight has defended his decision on BBC TV.
Speaking on BBC TV, O'Connell said: "It was a shame it was a draw.
"Because I do a round-by-round card my card goes straight to the supervisor and I don't see the cards until I finish the fight."
He rejected the suggestion that the result of a fight could be based on the number of hits alone, adding that the quality of punches was by far the most important factor.
"How do you know where they were landed? Were they landed on the target? Were they landed lightly or heavily? All sorts of things come into it."
But O'Connell steadfastly defended his decision, saying the fight, far from being a runaway Lewis victory, was too close to call.
"I think it was much more even than the two other judges gave it.
"Remember one gave it three rounds one way the other gave it three rounds the other way and I'm right in between.
The reason I'm being vilified for this is because I'm British and I'm supposed to favour a British fighter.
"I'm under pressure now - but if you can't handle the pressure you shouldn't be doing the job."