REAGAN Dessaix is looking to bounce back immediately after losing a decision last Friday evening to Blake Caparello.
The ten round contest saw Dessaix (now 16-2, 11 KOs) act as the aggressor in the contest, and appeared to be firmly in control after losing the opening three rounds.
Despite this, the decision was awarded to Caparello (now 29-3-1, 12 KOs) by the judges at ringside, which didn’t sit too well with boxing fans on social media.
Since returning to Brisbane, Dessaix discussed his clash with the Melburnian.
“I felt I controlled the fight as did everyone in attendance,” said Dessaix in a press release issued by his management.
“There was an outpour of dismay on social media after the fight, surely everyone can’t be wrong.
“Caparello was just looking for counters then running or holding. You can’t win a fight like that. I forced the fight, throwing and landing more punches. I won the fight and everybody knows that.
“I am a Queensland fighter fighting in Victoria. I was always up against it in this fight but I am not downhearted about the result. The world saw who won and I will move on now.”
Discussions amongst boxing fans of an immediate rematch were natural, as those who witnessed want to see who would emerge victorious in a rematch.
The 22-year-old has opened up about his plans going forward.
“If the rematch was offered to me I would be interested definitely, however, it would have to be on our terms. I was the true winner so the rematch would have to be on our terms.
“Our plans are to work our way up the world rankings. There are some great champions at the moment and I am only young, and I truly believe I am the heir to the light heavyweight thrown.
“I have time on my side and I’ve already shown I am at the top level at my age. I am only going to get better and I know when the time is right, I will become world champion.”
Words: Press Release
Photo: Marty Camilleri/Marty’s Knockout Photography