El Maachi shocks Witter to win Prizefighter

Wed, 08 Jun 00:10:00 2011

Yassine El Maachi shocked former world champion Junior Witter in the final to win 'Prizefighter - the welterweights' at York Hall in Bethnal Green.

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Witter (pictured), 37, was favourite for the final in the East End of London after dominant wins against Nathan Graham and Kevin McIntyre.

Meanwhile Moroccan-born El Maachi, who lives in London, was fortunate to be awarded his semi-final against local fighter Colin Lynes.

However Witter was unable to impose himself on the three-round finale after a clean early shot, with both boxers missing from distance before the Yorkshireman found himself on the deck twice as they became tangled.

A further incident when Witter was wrongfooted saw him crash through the ropes in one corner and into an unfortunate cameraman.

One judge scored it a draw while the other two awarded the fight to El Maachi by a round.

Witter won the WBC light-welterweight title four years ago but has now lost four of his last seven contests.


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