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Wednesday, March 17, 1999 Published at 10:19 GMT

Lewis 'robbed' claims WBC chief

Lewis (right) has been backed by WBC chief Jose Sulamain

World Boxing Council president Jose Sulamain has claimed that Lennox Lewis was 'robbed' of victory in his heavyweight unification fight with Evander Holyfield last weekend in New York.

Lewis vs Holyfield
Sulaiman criticised the International Boxing Federation's selection of under-fire judge Eugenia Williams, who scored the fight in favour of Holyfield and is campaigning for his champion Lewis to get another chance.

"We emphatically recommend a rematch, but only if the champion is interested to keep on fighting for the two other titles, since Saturday clearly demonstrated that the world champion is Lennox Lewis," Sulaiman said.

Sulamain's criticism is surprising in view of the fact that the judge appointed by the WBC, Englishman Larry O'Connell, scored the fight a draw and also considering his close relationship with under-fire promoter Don King.

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