Ryan Walsh edged out in European title fight
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Cromer's Ryan Walsh was unable to add the European featherweight title to his British belt after losing in Denmark on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old was on the wrong end of a split decision after his fight against hometown favourite Dennis Ceylan. The judges scored it Ceylan 115-112, 115-112 and Walsh 117-112.
Walsh had got off to the best possible start, rocking Ceylan in the opening round and forcing the Dane to take a count.
Ceylan was on the canvas again in the fourth round but the referee inexplicably refused to call it a knockdown, with Ceylan getting his legs into a tangle – although Walsh clearly landed a punch.
The rest of the rounds were close and several could have gone either way, but it was the home boxer who got the decision. The two judges who had Ceylan winning had it close, while the other judge gave it to Walsh by a wider margin – prompting immediate suggestions of a rematch.