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Boxing: Englishman under fire after Barrer a win.

ENGLISH official Larry O'Connell has come under fire for his scoring of Marco Antonio Barrera's win over Erik Morales.

Barrera claimed the WBC superfeatherweight title this weekend with a majority points decision over old adversary Morales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

O'Connell had Barrer a in front by just one point -- 115-114 -- while the 30-year-old prevailed 115-113 on another scorecard and the third judge went for a 114-114 draw. The post-fight debate centred around O'Connell's decision to score the 11th round 10-10.

Rounds are very rarely scored even in America and most observers thought Morales shaded it.

Had O'Connell thought the same, his card would have read 114-114 and the result would have been a majority draw.

Co-promoter Bob Arum said: ``Under the Nevada policy, you shouldn't score rounds even. O'Connell's score may be grounds for Morales' people to file a protest. ''

It is not the first timeO'Connell's scoring has led to controversy.

The Londoner rated Lennox Lewis' fist fight with Evander Holyfield in 1999 as a 115-115 draw to help deny the Briton a victory most pundits thought he had emphatically earned.

Barrera's win puts him 2-1 ahead in his magnificent trilogy with fellow Mexican legend Morales.

When asked about the possibility of another encounter with Morales, Barrer a said: ``No problem, I'd love a fourth. ''


CLASSIC: Barrer a (right) and Morales trade blows in Vegas
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 29, 2004
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