5 to 1 Underdog Sexton, Wins!

Sam SextonBy Coach Tim Walker – Challenger Sam Sexton (12-1-0) put the brakes onhard hitting Martin Rogan’s (12-1-0) rise to the boxing heavens scoring an eighth round stoppage due to an excessively damaged left eye to win the Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship and shock the entire crowd in attendance at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.

The bout did not end without controversy as Rogan expressed his feelings, “No sour grapes. But, uh, I think the British Boxing Board of Controls here needs to seriously look into refereeing because that, that’s what I call (pause).. No disrespect to any referee I think they do a great job but on this occasion, uh, Sam got probably warned three times in every round and succeeded-ly.” Rogan continued, “I got a warning in the first round and he (referee) told me that if he (Sexton) gets caught he was gonna (inexplicit). So what kind of refereeing is that? I find it unjust.”

This all happened as Rogan had reeled off several precise power shots leaving Sexton dazed in the center of the ring and primed for a knock out. Rogan in a moment of mercy or weakness, depending on your point of view, looked to referee Dave Parris to stop the fight. Instead of a referee stoppage the momentary pause resulted in a doctor review of Rogan’s eye and ultimately a TKO victory for Sexton.

Rogan, clearly disappointed, feels that Sexton won’t rematch him. Sexton would not go so far as to say he would rematch Rogan but stated he wanted to move on to better things but suggested it was up to the promoters. Sexton was a five to one underdog for this fight and in a bit of irony, the result of the bout brings bout fighter’s record to 12-1-0.

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Article posted on 16.05.2009

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