Stephen Ormond 100 percent win ratio diminished last night, but his boxing stock rose significantly.
The Clondalkin fighter somehow lost to former British Champion Paul Appleby in Glasgow on the under card of Ricky Burn’s latest successful world title defence.
The BoxNation commentary team felt that the Dubliner deserved to stay unbeaten after a tough 10-round battle. However, the official judges all disagreed, scoring it 96-94, 96-94, and 96-95, all cards for The Scot.
Appleby (18-3, 11 KO) did enjoy some success and began to dig himself out of hole hurting Ormond (11-1, 5 KO) with a hook to the body in the sixth round. A brief Appleby revival helped boost him down the stretch, but Ormond certainly did enough to win the biggest fight of his career.
The fighters embraced in the ring after the bout, and then went ringside together for a dual post-fight interview, friendly and both appreciating the fight the other man had brought to the ring, neither complained about the decision.
“I thought that Stephen started well and I picked up late. It was a tight one, I’m glad I got the decision,” said Appleby.
“I brought it to him. It was close and could have gone either way. I’m happy anyway. It was close, no complaints from me,” Ormond said just after.
The win nets Appleby the Celtic super featherweight title, and puts him back in position to get another shot at the British belt, or perhaps a rematch with Liam Walsh for the Commonwealth title. However, Ormond’s display and the fact he should have won has done his career no harm.