National youth champion Matthew Chanda has lost his first Amateur Boxing Association championship bout after his opponent used “dirty tactics”, his coach claimed.
Chanda, who trains at the Crown and Manor boxing club in Hackney, was beaten on points by Martin Ward number three in the world.
Coach Steve Kipps said that Ward spat out his mouth guard twice during the bout in order to gain rest periods from the referee to refit his guard. On both occasions Ward had been on the receiving end of a flurry of blows from Chanda.
Chanda’s coach Steve Kipps said: “There was dirty tactics. He spat his gum shield out after getting hit with come good combinations. When he went back to his corner he took an age to wash it out.”
According to ABA rules a boxer is disqualified if they spit out their guard three times.
Mr Kipps said that Chanda could keep his head held high, despite the loss.
“He was up against a really good boy. I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t go on to win the whole thing.”