In the main supporting bout at the Accra Sports Stadium, Ghana, on Saturday (7 December), Dan Patterson of Ghana, and Angus Macmillan of Britain, drew their light-welterweight contest after it had gone the full ten rounds.
SV INT. Macmillan (white man) & Patterson receiving referee's instruction before fight
SV Start of round one with both boxers exchanging blows in centre of ring
SV Tenth round Patterson holding Macmillan round waist and Referee telling them to break: Macmillan returns to attack until ref. signals end of fight and Macmillan raises his arms.
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Background: In the main supporting bout at the Accra Sports Stadium, Ghana, on Saturday (7 December), Dan Patterson of Ghana, and Angus Macmillan of Britain, drew their light-welterweight contest after it had gone the full ten rounds.
Patterson is a leading contender for the African light-welterweight title, but his performance on Saturday must have left a number of doubts in the minds of his supporters. Macmillan dominated many of the rounds, and the eventual results must have surprised the British squad.
The Chanaian was practically unknown until about a month ago, when he beat the national welter-weight champion, Oblitey Commey. He is 28 years-old, with a professional record of having fought 24 fights, with only one defeat.
Macmillan is also 28 years-old, has established a reputation of being a boxer of considerable skill and strength. Before the fight he was confident that he would win, and experts considered that if the fight went the distance, he would be odds-on favourite.
Both boxers are married - Patterson with one child, and Macmillan with two boys and a girl.
Later in the evening, Ghana's Africa Champion, David Kotei Poison won the Commonwealth Featherweight Championship title by knocking out the reigning Champion, Evan Armstrong of Scotland in the tenth round.
SYNOPSIS: It was a good night for boxing fans at the Accra Sports Stadium in the Chainan capital on Saturday. The main supporting bout was between Dan patterson of Chana and Angus Macmillan of Britain.
Both fighters have won considerable reputations in light-welterweight contests, and Patterson is regarded as a leading contender for the African light welterweight title. But after this particular performance, his supporters may start having their doubts.
Patterson was practically unknown until about a month ago, when he beat the national welter-weight, champion, Oblitey Commey. At twenty-eight, Patterson has fought twenty-four fights with only one defeat. He is married and has one child.
The crowd had every justification for expecting to see a close contest. Patterson had been full of confidence before the fight, and had predicted that the bout would not go beyond the sixth round. But he found himself still Trading blows in this, the tenth and final round, with an opponent who showed no signs of flagging.
the British fighter, Angus Macmillan, is also twenty-eight years old, and married with three children. Many experts had predicted that if the fight were to go the full distance, he would be odds-on-favourite to win. As it turned out, they were wrong. despite a fairly impressive final round.
Patterson seemed to have run out of steam, and hung on in the clinches at every opportunity. Nevertheless, he must have run up a good score in the early rounds, for the verdict was a draw.