Shikukutu Deserved Better – Tobias

SACKEY ‘Izinyoka’ Shikukutu’s unanimous points decision defeat to Commonwealth welterweight title holder Frankie Gavin was not a true reflection of their contest in Newcastle on Saturday, according to the Namibian’s trainer Nestor Tobias.

Tobias said his fighter “put up a gusty performance” but Gavin, who was sent to the canvas with a short left hook in the second round, was favoured 117-111 and 118-109 twice on the three judges’ scorecards.

“That was not a true reflection of the action in the ring as Sacky had his moment when he had the [still] undefeated champion down for a full mandatory eight count in the second round and he hurt him with good body shots in several rounds but unfortunately he could not finish off the very slick champion,” Tobias said in a statement on Sunday.

“But he [Gavin] knows that he was in the fight of his life as he looked more like he was in a car accident after the tough 12 rounds, but that is boxing,” he added.

However, British media reports were unanimous in their assessment of the bout, claiming that despite the flash knock-down, which Gavin later claimed was actually a slip, and some decent shots in round three, Shikukutu rarely troubled the champion.

But Tobias believes his boxer deserved better and should be proud of his effort.

“With a performance like this, Sacky can only keep his head high and I will keep on pushing him for the world title. Remember Sacky dislocated his shoulder three years back and he didn’t see action for two years but to come back and put up a great performance like this, it just shows that Namibian boxing has got a great future,” he said.

Tobias said that despite a number of his fighters having suffered several high-profile defeats over the past three years, his stable would eventually produce another world champion with the backing of the nation and main sponsor MTC.

“I’m very happy with Sacky’s performance and he could stop Frankie Gavin if he just followed up his punches. This gives me reason to work hard and to invest more time plus money in our boxers from the grass roots level to the professional level,” Tobias said.

“That is only my opinion about the fight and everybody is entitled to his own opinion regarding Nestor Tobias and the judgement of the fight. We are back in Namibia on Monday and Sacky is well,” he added.

The fight preceded the IBF bantamweight world title showdown between the defending champion Stuart Hall and Edward Martin.

Hall retained his title with an anti climatic second round technical draw after challenger Martin Ward suffered a nasty cut above his right eye following an accidental clash of heads.

Source : The Namibian