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Heartbreak for Hogan as Kildare boxer suffers controversial world title defeat

 

Kildare boxer Dennis Hogan (right) suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Jaime Munguia in a controversial WBO Super Welterweight title fight in Monterrey.

Hogan looked to be connecting with more punches and frustrated his opponent, rarely getting caught, with Munguia admitting it was a difficult night.

But the judges saw it differently and awarded the home boxer the win on a majority decision, 115-113, 116-112 and 114-114.

Hogan said: "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.

"This is bad for boxing, bad for me."

Munguia said in response: "I clearly won the fight."

But he then offered a rematch which said more than his previous words.

"I was always attacking and connected with the harder shots, but if he wants the rematch, we'll give it to him."