By Elliot Foster
Tom Farrell failed to clinch the Commonwealth title as he was on the wrong end of a decision.
The super-lightweight took on Philip Bowes in a challenge for the crown at the newly-named M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Saturday night.
Farrell struggled throughout the fight, despite small spells of success, with Bowes setting the pace and at times outboxing and even outpunching the former WBA International champion who now has two defeats on his ledger.
The three ringside judges turned in tallies of 118-110, 118-111 and 117-112 for the fight, which was screened exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN Stateside, as part of the supporting cast to Liam Smith’s bid to win the vacant WBC Silver super-welterweight title against Sam Eggington.
Meanwhile, there was a win for Ged Carroll by 59 points to 54 against Des Newton and Paul Butler began his year with a points victory over Fadhili Majiha.
Carroll, who dropped Newton in the opener, will be back in action in less than three weeks’ time, on April 19, at the Eventim Olympia, exclusively live on iFL TV, as part of MTK Global’s Fight Night show in the city, while Butler could be back sooner rather than later, potentially on a World Boxing Super Series undercard, with more details to follow.
But there was desperate disappointment for Craig Glover as he was stopped inside two rounds by Vaclav Pejsar.
The cruiserweight talent, who had a standout win against Simon Vallily back in October in Newcastle, was dropped twice by the Czech visitor who took on David Price back in May 2016 and the referee, Steve Gray, had seen enough after two minutes and four seconds of the second.