Nobody was robbed, says rusty Lovett
Steve Lovett and Jeremy Allan face off on Wednesday night. Photo: Brendan Esposito
Anthony Mundine wasn't the only boxer to claim he was ''robbed''.
Canberra's Steve Lovett was forced to defend his own narrow victory on Wednesday night's undercard, before going on to label Mundine's comments a ''joke''.
West Australian Jeremy Allan claimed he was robbed in the opening fight on the Mundine-Daniel Geale undercard on Wednesday, despite losing a unanimous points decision to Lovett.
There were reports in Sydney media that Lovett, who remains undefeated in six fights as a professional, was shaking his head at the end of the bout and therefore conceding defeat.
Lovett hit back at those reports on Thursday. The 27-year-old admitted he'd been disappointed with his return to the ring for the first time since last March.
Lovett was dropped to the canvas in the third round, but said he'd always felt confident he'd done enough to win the fight.
''I was very, very disappointed in myself because I'm a much better fighter than what I showed that night, that's why I was shaking my head,'' Lovett said of his reaction at the final bell. ''I left all my preparation and sparring in the gym, I didn't bring it on fight night.
''I was confident in the result … the decision was unanimous. I'm not saying it wasn't a close fight. I shouldn't have made it so close. But it was 57-56 from all three judges, they all saw it the same way.''
Lovett, who has ambitions to fight for the Australian light heavyweight title by the end of the year, claimed he dominated the fight but for a lapse in the third round, when he was ''lazy'' with his defence and knocked down.
''I was fine, I was more embarrassed than anything,'' Lovett said.
''I didn't fight to the best of my ability but that's from being out of the ring for so long. But I'll learn from this fight … it's better to have a bad performance like that now rather than now in the bigger fights.
''I got up, I showed a bit of heart and I came home strong and I won the fight.
''I got the ring rust out of the way, the next fight will be a lot better.''
Lovett, who is part of Geale's camp at Sydney's Grange Boxing Gym, also came out swinging in defence of his training partner.
Mundine, who ridiculed Geale's Aboriginal heritage in the lead-up to the fight, claimed he was robbed of the result in their IBF middleweight title fight.
''It was a clear-cut win for Daniel Geale, I don't know where he was getting this 'I was robbed from','' Lovett said of Mundine.
''It's a joke, Mundine saying that, it's very unsportsmanlike.
''[Mundine] said all that stuff leading up to the fight to sell it, but the fight was over. At least congratulate him and tell him he's a deserving champion. But that's Mundine, I suppose.''