Irish boxer Dennis Hogan was denied the WBO Super Welterweight title on Saturday night after the Kildare native was defeated by Mexico’s Jamie Munguia in controversial circumstances in Monterrey.
The bout went the full twelve rounds with Hogan’s 22-year old opponent retaining his title with the judges awarding scores of 115-113, 116-112 and 114-114 as Munguia prevailed.
Many including Hogan, however, felt that the 34-year old had done enough to win the fight and his maiden world title as he outclassed his younger opponent.
Speaking to DAZN after the controversial decision, the Australian based boxer was incredibly calm and concise outlining his frustrations at the defeat.
“I knew it in my heart and soul. It’s so disappointing to train as hard as I did and for this to happen.
“We came here on good faith. No disrespect to anyone here – apart from the people who scored it and allowed this decision to go through.
“Everybody knows [that I won]. This is bad for boxing. It’s bad for me.”
Hogan, who has a record of 28-2-1, had won his last six fights and explained that after the controversial decision he looked down at the commentators and their reaction further indicated to him that he had been robbed of victory.
“They just tried to take my family’s future away and I’ll fucking fight hard to get it back again.
“The stadium absolutely went dead after the decision. I couldn’t believe my ears. I looked down and Chavez and all the commentators just sat there quiet and I knew I’d been ripped.
“I’m going to win that world title. I’m telling you, I am the world champion in here. It’s only a matter of time before it shows up on here.”