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Hoo lightweight boxer Adam Dingsdale has to settle for a draw in title fight against Craig Johnson

Hoo boxer Adam Dingsdale was left fuming after his hopes of winning the British Masters lightweight title were taken away from him.

The 25-year-old was winning every round of the scheduled 10-round fight against Craig Johnson before the referee waved it off because of a cut to his opponent.

Adam Dingsdale
Adam Dingsdale

Last Saturday’s fight at the Civic Centre in Grays was stopped toward the end of the fourth round, ending as a technical draw.

And days after the fight, Dingsdale (pictured) was still seething.

He said: "I can’t stop thinking about it and it’s doing my head in. I felt I have been stitched up.

"If it had gone on another 40 seconds it would have gone to the scorecard and I won every round easy.

"I have never known a fight to be stopped by a cut on someone’s forehead, especially as the blood wasn’t getting in his eye.

"In my fight against the Bulgarian Vasilev he got a cut and there was blood all over him and me, the blood was even over the crowd but the referee never stopped that one.

"I have never trained so hard in my life and after all that training, I feel robbed. I should have had the title."

Johnson had previously taken current British champion Martin Gethin the distance in a 10-round bout.

"I was winning easy and he will be grateful to have walked away with a draw because he was getting beat up," said Dingsdale.

He will now be hoping for another chance to take the Masters belt or even a Southern Area title shot.

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