The Kildare light middleweight turned in a performance for the ages at the Arena Monterrey against reigning WBO champ Jaime Munguia but was denied by the judges.
In a fight the vast majority of onlookers felt he won, Hogan [28(7)-2(0)-1] was deemed a majority decision loser.
The Brisbane-based lilywhite disputed the decision and was able to get his point across in the ring in Monterrey, outlining why he won, revealing that a rematch is on the cards, and highlighting just what a decision like last night can do.
“This is bad for boxing, bad for me,” stated Hogan who remained respectful despite his obvious outrage.
“I knew I won the fight, I knew in my heart and soul.”
“I’m so disappointed, to train as hard as I did, and for this to happen. We came here in good faith and it’s no disrespect to anybody here but, apart from the people who scored it and allowed this decision to go through, everybody knows.”
“But I’m not one to cry, I’ll get back again and I’ll come back and win the title – no, I won’t come back, we’ll do it on neutral ground.”
“I’ll win the title and set my family up. They’ve just tried to take my family’s future away and I’ll fucking fight hard to get it back again.”
Hogan frustrated Munguia [33(26)-0], weathered a mid rounds revival, and was simply sublime down the stretch to outfight the young champion.
The 34-year-old outlined how “you saw the gameplan, it was to keep moving, keep doing what I did, nullify him and land more shots. Every time I went back I thought I was doing that.”
“His power didn’t phase me at all because I was moving, rolling with the punches, I’m doing what I was doing. He’s a great fighter but I knew it from his eyes, he knew he was losing, at times he was acting desperate and I was just boxing – and sometimes I mixed it with him because I felt so confident.”
“You could see the way I wasn’t even worried that much – no disrespect, but I just knew that I could take the shots and land more than him.”
“Get CompuBox to properly count the punches, you’ll see that I was well winning that fight. I was so comfortable there, we knew we were winning there.”
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