Darragh Foley was full of praise post fight for a fighter he continually questioned pre bout after suffering his second career defeat in Australia recently.
The Dubliner was out pointed over 10 rounds in a WBA Oceanic lightweight title fight with Brandon Ogilvie and claimed the Australian answered all the questions asked of him during the fight.
Australian champ Foley traded verbals before their title fight, but where full of respect after sharing 30 minutes in the ring together.
Foley admitting post fight the better man had won,
“The best man on the night won. I questioned his chin and his heart beforehand and he passed with flying colours. He showed true grit,” Foley said.
“He came down here and stuck to his game plan and took the victory. I wasn’t at the races but that’s taking nothing away from Brandon.
“He did what he said he was going to do. Hopefully he can go on and climb up the rankings. I couldn’t establish my range. I had a bad first round and going into the third or fourth round I knew I had to stop him.
“I didn’t have that spark in my legs. Maybe taking the weight off finally caught up with me, I don’t know, but that takes nothing away from Brandon. He deserved the win and good luck to him.
“I went into his changing room after the fight to congratulate him and told him and Fox and his dad that a lot of the talk before was just talk. But there was also a method to my madness. I wanted to test him. They said there was no problem and that they knew I was a good guy.”
Victory for Foley would have ensured him a World ranking, but he has suggested the defeat may set him back 12 months.
“That’s boxing. In football you can have a bad day. In boxing you have a bad night and it puts you back 12 months.”