MacMillan loses controversial decision

Jason Malloy
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Robert MacMillan went from winner to loser quickly Saturday night following the main event of a boxing card at the Murphy Community Centre.

The 19-year-old Charlottetown resident had just had his hand raised as the winner of a split decision over Mitch Hunt in the main event. Moments later, Hunt was declared the victor after the result was overturned by the chief official.

“We thought we won the fight and they announced Robert as the winner, so I don’t know what happened,” KOED Boxing Academy coach Howard Watts said Sunday. “They traded medals and Robert put his hand up in the air. To me, the sportsmanship of that was worth more than the win.”

The two boxers traded shots in the main event of the 12-bout card.

MacMillan only had a couple of weeks to prepare for Hunt after the boxer he was preparing for pulled out.

Hunt has boxed with the national team and still trains with some of the country’s top athletes. He is also six or seven years older than MacMillan.

“The experience he gained from fighting that guy is unreal,” Watts said. “It was a great fight for Robert. Robert is a tough kid with a lot of heart.”

MacMillan won gold at the 2011 Canada Winter Games in Halifax after battling back from a fractured left ankle sustained only months before the Games.

South Rustico’s Brianna Arsenault won a decision over Taylor Ross.

The Sydney, N.S., boxer had won a split decision over Arsenault a year ago in Cape Breton and was coming off a victory at the Ringside Boxing Tournament in Kansas City.

“This was a good revengeful fight for Brianna,” Watts said.

“She a strong girl and trains hard.”

And she did it while giving up 13 pounds in the 140-lb. class.

The fight of the night and top boxer of the night awards went to KOED’s Colton Perry, who fought Luke Dier, of Lower Sackville, N.S.  Overall, Watts was pleased with the team’s performance.

“I think we did very well,” he said.

“I was really quite pleased. Some of them other guys had (more) experienced.”

The club’s next big fight will take place at Oromocto, N.B. in January or February.

Organizations: KOED Boxing Academy

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Canada, Halifax Cape Breton Kansas City Lower Sackville Oromocto

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  • David Tierney
    November 28, 2012 - 10:05

    Great job Howard! it really shows the sportsmanship that you have, by not making too much of the decision, as you said it was great to get the experience for your guy by boxing someone who has the edge in experience, you are and always will be someone who personifies the word class.