By Sulayman Bah
Controversy was what mired Saturday’s battle of the titans and Nazir
promotions debut in the arena.
Let Bu Barra faced Mboran in an epic wrestling showdown dubbed
arguably the best fight to have been arranged in January.
With Mboran taking on Gambia’s captain Leket for the staked prize
named after visiting Senegal’ Ama Balde, the euphoria has been higher
than thought however the end result had many disenchanted and
red-faced amid controversy. Both wrestlers squared at the referee’s
whistle go, but the bout soon ended with neither defeating the other.
Apparently the referee parted the two, two minutes into allocated time
after the referee found out the carpet to which the two were wrestling
on was barely covered.
At that moment, Leket and Mboran had grappled. But Mboran was
displeased and gesticulated disapprovingly to the referee’s decision
and marched out of the circle. He refused to fight on when ordered to
return by the arbiter.
The incident left many seething. Leket was later declared winner on
refereeing verdict after his adversary declined to fight on.
The federation is believed to be probing the issue. Mboran declined
to make a comment.