Home Boxing News Murodjon Akhmadaliev disputes loss to Marlon Tapales, wants rematch

Murodjon Akhmadaliev disputes loss to Marlon Tapales, wants rematch

Murodjon Akhmadaliev. Photo credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

Former WBA and IBF super bantamweight champion Murodjon Akhmadaliev 11-1 (8) insists he was done an injustice in his title losing effort against Marlon Tapales 37-3 (19) at the Boeing Center at Tech Point in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday night.

The 28-year-old Uzbek southpaw lost a split decision to Filipino lefty Tapales, 31, after starting slowly but coming on late. The judges scores the bout 115-113, 115-113 and 110-118 in favour of Tapales.

“I came into the dressing room and I felt like I was dead, my body was still moving, but I knew my life was over. Everything I worked for my entire life was now over,” Akhmadaliev said.

“I would never have any excuses, I knew that if my hand was not raised, then I lost my titles and the most important fight of my life.

“But then my team walked in, and my manager and trainers told me, stop crying, take your belts and go home as a champion, ‘you did not lose this fight, champ!’

“I did take a couple of big shots in the first couple of rounds, but I felt like I recovered well and was taking the fight to him from round four on.

“After watching the fight at home now, I am seeing why my team was so supportive. I do not believe that he did enough to win this fight and take my hard-earned titles away from me.

“I’ve worked hard my entire life to get to this point of being a world champion and on the way to an undisputed world title fight; it’s just very hard to fathom that everything was taken from me in one night, and they didn’t deserve it.”

Akhmadaliev’s manager Vadim Kornilov added: “This is just not something that is acceptable. Murodjon has dedicated his entire life to the sport, he’s built a very successful career in the United States as a professional boxer, far away from his homeland. He became a unified world champion and has made three defences of his titles, with two of them being mandatory challengers ordered by the WBA and the IBF.

“We cannot let things like this happen in the sport and just act like it’s okay, or that this is mere incompetence or someone’s objective view of the fight.

“Some people will argue that there are no grounds for complaints as it was a pretty close fight, but let this be on their consciousness.

“We have asked numerous reputable representatives of this great sport to score this fight and their scores have Murodjon unanimously winning this fight and leading on the scorecards at least by a couple of rounds, which is enough to keep your titles and get your hard-earned victory.

“We are currently collecting all the necessary information to take action on this and protest the decision with both the WBA and IBF, as well as the Texas Boxing Commission.

“We believe that there should be an immediate rematch ordered and if Tapales won this fight by split decision the first time, now being champion, he and his team will only have more confidence and all champion perks on their side to get a unanimous decision in the rematch.”