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a boxing decision in which the judges are not unanimous

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Billy Hope and Paul Railton were the only two junior losers for Birtley from 10 bouts and both were only defeated on split decisions.
They had first met as 11-year-olds at Ashington when the visiting Comby took a split decision - then five years and 25 to 30 fights later they shared a ring again at Spennymoor where Comby controversially won once again on a majority.