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Sunday, 24 November, 2002, 12:20 GMT
McKinley fumes at Nelson decision
Johnny Nelson (left) beat Panama's Guillermo Jones
Nelson (left) was taken to 12 rounds by Jones
Guillermo Jones' trainer has branded the judges a disgrace, after Jones' opponent Johnny Nelson was awarded a controversial points victory in their WBO cruiserweight title fight.

Nelson, the defending champion, was outboxed and outworked by the Panamanian for much of the 12 rounds.

Spanish judge Manuel Oliver scored the fight 116-113 in Nelson's favour, Frank Cairo gave the win to Jones 115-113 while Larry Hazzard Jr decided it was a draw.

Stacey McKinley, Jones' trainer, said: "Fans, trainers and everybody in boxing, we don't like to see these type of decisions.


A decision is a decision and I'm still the champion
Johnny Nelson

"I'd give Nelson maybe two rounds at the most. He ran, he held, he just didn't fight. I think that Nelson probably landed only three good punches in the whole fight.

"This result was a disgrace, it was one of the worse decisions you'll ever see in the world. I feel bad for my fighter. He worked real hard. He won the early rounds, the middle rounds and the late rounds."

The decision was greeted by jeers and boos from the crowd as he left the ring.

But Nelson defended the Spanish judge after the 10th successful defence of his title.

He said: "A decision is a decision and I'm still the champion. He was a busy fighter, busier than me, but he wasn't landing as many as you thought."


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