Defeated light welterweight title challenger Jack Catterall hammered the judges who scored his highly controversial split decision loss to Josh Taylor.
Scottish fighter Taylor shocked the boxing world by retaining his unified belts in Glasgow on Saturday night, after he was widely deemed to have been boxed in 12 rounds.
The boxer from Chorley Catterall took his rival to the canvas in the eighth round and stormed out of the ring when his defeat was announced, later posting a furious statement on social media.
“You know what hurts the most, it wasn’t for me [that] I did it all for, [it was for] my family, my team, my city and my country, my granddaughter and lady, our future,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Today I should have woke up with all the belts. 15 months in the ring they all wrote me off. Fuck me any way you can for over two years I finally got the fight .
“He sacrificed everything to fight one of the best p4p ranked fighters, taught him a lesson.
“For what reason? Boxing, shame on you. Judges [middle finger emoji]. Stolen dreams.
Judges Ian John-Lewis and Victor Loughlin scored the bout 114-111 and 113-112 respectively in favor of Taylor, with Howard Foster awarding it 113-112 to Catterall.
“I don’t think there’s any need for a rematch,” Taylor told Sky Sports. “I think I won the fight. I won the fight by a few rounds. I won the fight in the second half, took over and ran it.