McKenzie Rallies, Decisions Askin Over 12

By Elliot Foster (@FreelanceFoz)

Ovill McKenzie scored a split decision victory over Matty Askin at York Hall.

The Jamaican-born cruiserweight successfully defended the British and Commonwealth titles against the English titlist, live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky channel 437/HD 490, Virgin channel 546 and TalkTalk channel 525), after overcoming a rough start to rally late and snag the unlikely victory.

In truth, the contest could have gone either way and I had it to Askin by a round, but by the end of proceedings, the judges didn’t know whether they were coming or going.

Askin managed a win of 114-113 on one card, but was overruled by 115-111 and 116-109 tallies, the latter of which I couldn’t get my head around, in favour of the Derby-based, Peacock Gym-trained 35-year-old.

The contest between the Derby-based ‘Upsetter’ and Blackpool’s Askin was set to take place on March 14 in Widnes but had to be rescheduled after that show was pulled just three days before.

He’ll now have his eye on a potential world title shot and, post-fight, he said he wanted to challenge Marco Huck of Germany, the WBO kingpin at 200lbs.

Whether that comes to fruition or not, the facts are that McKenzie has now won three on the spin and improved his record to an impressive 24-12 with 12 stoppages, while Askin, 26, fell to 17-3 (10).

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