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Arthur fury at judges' decision

Alex Arthur (right) lost to Nicky Cook on points
Alex Arthur was furious after losing his title on points

Alex Arthur claimed he was "robbed" of his WBO super-featherweight title following a points defeat against Nicky Cook in Manchester on Saturday.

The 30-year-old from Edinburgh insisted even Cook believed he had won the bout, which was his first title defence.

"It was three English judges - in England. A fighter knows in his heart if he has won or lost a fight and I really thought I had won," said Arthur.

"I could see the shock on some people's faces at ringside."

Cook, 28, was awarded a unanimous verdict, but Arthur believed he had the upper hand in the closing stages of the fight at Manchester's MEN Arena.

"I thought I was controlling the fight and it seemed that Nicky was running away in the last two rounds. He didn't want to fight.

"And at the end, Nicky thought I had won it. He came up to me and said, 'You're a great champion, you have won the fight. Well done.'

"So I don't feel like I lost it and I'm a wee bit shocked. Obviously, I would love a re-match. I don't think I will get one but I would love it."

Promoter Frank Warren said a re-match with Cook or a fight with Michael Gomez were possibilities for the Scot.

"Obviously, Alex isn't a happy camper at the moment but we will talk next week and see what he wants to do," he said.

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