Madison Sq. Backyard, New York Metropolis – Former European champion Sandor Martin (40-3, 13 KOs) was not pleased with the officiating for his battle with former light-weight champion Teofimo Lopez (18-1, 13 KOs), who made his second look at junior welterweight.
Martin accepted the battle on a couple of weeks’ discover after Lopez’s initially opponent, former two-division world champion Jose Pedraza, withdrew with sickness.
Martin gave Lopez all he might deal with however fell brief on the shedding finish of a ten spherical break up determination.
Lopez was down within the second spherical and several other of the rounds had been shut.
The scores had been 95-94 for Martin, 96-93 for Lopez and 97-92 for Lopez.
Martin believes the 2 judges who scored the battle for Lopez had been method off – and he strongly felt the referee blew a second knockdown name.
“It was a shock with the judges. I gained this battle clearly. For one choose, I solely gained two rounds? Actually? There have been two knockdowns. The referee didn’t depend one of many knockdowns. [Lopez] missed all of his punches. That’s a masterclass of boxing. That’s a theft. However that’s the game of boxing,” Martin stated.
“Within the ring, I managed all of the motion. The timing. The moments. Within the ring, managed every part with my will. Teofimo was overanxious. Within the eighth spherical, his nook advised him, ‘Hey, let’s do it. You would lose this battle.’
“[And] it wasn’t simply the damaged nostril. I solely had three weeks of preparation. The damaged nostril was from an unintended headbutt. However I didn’t fear about this. However I knew that it will damage each time he punched me there. However he didn’t punch me. Each time he punched me, I stated ‘Ow.’ However he touched me thrice? 4 occasions, most? Actually? You win with this?”