Boxing: British judge still in glare
Sunday 21 March 1999
O'Connell, 60, may be called before the British Boxing Board of Control to talk about his refereeing of a Commonwealth title bout in London on 6 March. The incident happened at the Elephant and Castle Leisure Centre when Kofi Jantuah of Ghana defeated Gilbert Eastman of Battersea in the 11th round.
Afterwards Eastman, who was exhausted, was given oxygen in the ring and then taken to a waiting ambulance on a stretcher and ferried to Charing Cross hospital. He was not seriously hurt, but it was felt by some observers that the fight had been stopped too late.
The procedure when problems arise is for the matter to be raised before the Referees' Committee of the Board of Control. In certain cases, the Board themselves insist on discussing the incident with the official.
However, if a hearing takes place in this case, it is unlikely to affect O'Connell's career. He has already been given tangible support by the Board, who have appointed him to referee a British light-middleweight title fight between Ensley Bingham of Manchester and Essex's Nicky Thurbin at the Albert Hall on 3 April.
Frank Warren, promoting the show, has welcomed the appointment. "While I disagreed with the scoring of the Lewis fight, I fully respect his scoring ability and have never, and would never, question his honesty and integrity. Larry is one of the handful of world-class officials we are lucky to have and I feel the criticism he has come under is a disgrace."
O'Connell said he was surprised when he discovered his 115-115 scoreline. "My heart sank," he said. He and the American judge Eugenia Williams strenuously denied any suggestion of outside influence.
O'Connell was a world-class amateur boxer and has been a licensed Board of Control referee since the 1970s. He has officiated in some 40 world title contests since 1986.
Latest in Sport
Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce: Manchester United striker 'agrees to personal terms' with Turkish side
Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs posts bizarre video of his Miami holiday being invaded by an iguana
Women's World Cup 2015: England secure third place as they beat Germay in extra time with penalty by Fara Williams
Arsenal transfer news: Gunners will only consider 'astronomical offer' from Atletico Madrid for Santi Cazorla
Why is it that there’s no women’s team at Manchester United? - Michael Calvin
- 1 Isis propaganda video shows 25 Syrian soldiers executed by teenage militants in Palmyra
- 2 Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
- 3 Optical illusion turns blue demon into brunette
- 4 Right to die: Belgian doctors rule depressed 24-year-old woman has right to end her life
- 5 The biggest first date turnoff has been revealed
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
£17000 - £21000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£17000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: If you are fluent in Japanese a...
£16000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...