funeka 'should be made champ'

BUTITYI Konki says he will wait for the IBF's response to the report on the IBF title fight between Ali Funeka and Joan Guzman before he makes a comment.

BUTITYI Konki says he will wait for the IBF's response to the report on the IBF title fight between Ali Funeka and Joan Guzman before he makes a comment.

But Funeka's American promoter, Gary Shaw, has appealed to the IBF to make his fighter the interim IBF champion.

"I have spoken with the IBF, the supervisor Larry Hazzard, and they are in the process of reviewing everything that happened," said Shaw. "They have asked for the tape of the fight officially."

Konki's BK Holding manages Funeka.

"I am hurting inside," said Konki yesterday after his arrival from Canada, where Funeka suffered an away decision that robbed him of a deserved victory in the contest for the IBF belt.

The fight was presented by American Oscar De La Hoya, who looks after the interests of the US-based Dominican Republic fighter.

Two Canadian judges, Alan Davis and Benoit Roussel, scored the fight even at 114-114 while US judge Joe Pasquale scored it 116-112 for Funeka.

The word around the globe is that Funeka, who was ushered to war by the Bungu brothers, Vuyani and Dudu, did more than enough to win. HBO's commentator Max Kellerman said: "Once Funeka got that jab untracked, he found the range, busted up Guzman's nose and dominated the fight."

Former heavyweight champ Lennox Lewis, who was part of HBO's ringside team, said: "Funeka had good poise. He was patient, kept his jab out there, kept his hands nice and high, elbows in, great stance, very solid on his feet."

But when the verdict was announced, Lewis said: "That was unbelievable", while Kellerman screamed: "Wow! There's been some miscalculation, right?"

Konki had asked the IBF to use one or two local judges but was told not to worry because Canada was a neutral venue.

"Its heartbreaking to be treated like this. I thank Lorraine Sanders and Dr Mark Bloemberg, who made sure that Ali was in superb condition," said Konki, who also paid tribute to the Bungu brothers for a job well done.

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