Former World Featherweight Champion Joseph Diaz (31-1-1, 15 KOs) disagrees with the referee’s verdict against Shavkat Rakhimov (15-0-1, 12 KOs).
Recall that the boxers covered the entire twelve-round distance, as a result of which the judges declared a draw (115-113 in favor of Diaz, 114-114, 114-114).
“I’m a little upset. I thought I did enough to win,” Diaz said. “It was a close fight. Not my best performance. I didn’t make weight by losing my belt. I want to apologize to everyone and also apologize to all my fans. This mistake was only my fault. No excuses, but I’ll be back. …
Rakhimov threw out many combinations, however, most of them were gloves. I feel like I hit more punches and interrupted my opponent with bad punch. I believe that I should have been given the victory. ”