By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Bruised and swollen, Adrian Diaconu had little to say after his loss to Jean Pascal, other than he thought he had won the fight. Diaconu spat out his mouthpiece and ran across the ring with his arm raised as the fight ended, only to have the scorecards tell another story. American judges Richard Flaherty and Julie Lederman both saw Pascal winning the fight by scores of 118-110 and 117-111 while Claude Paquette of Montreal thought the same and ruled 117-111 for Pascal.
“My feeling is that in my soul, I did not lose this fight,” said Diaconu afterwards, still trying to piece together what happened. “My feeling is that I won about eight rounds, something like that. I won this fight, to me there’s something fishy, I really don’t want to talk about it. I’ve boxed for twenty years and this is my feeling.”
Most ringside media fell into two camps, those who fell in line with the official scorecards and those who saw a much closer fight, but with Pascal still winning. Fightnews scored the bout 116-112 in favour of Pascal.
At 26-2, Pascal is the only boxer who has defeated Diaconu after winning the WBC light-heavyweight title against him in June by a closer 116-112, 116-111 and 115-111.
The 31 year-old vowed to continue on in an attempt to regain his title. “I’m not going to quit like this, I’m not going to give up. I’m going to be back, don’t worry about that.”
Diaconu was apologetic for his remarks, saying what he really felt doing his best to make it not sound bitter and gave credit to Pascal. “He’s a great puncher, he’s strong and he’s fast, but for a title fight, it’s normal. I hurt him a couple of times, that’s boxing.”
Trainer Pierre Bouchard felt his fighter controlled the action and that Pascal fought only thirty seconds in most of the rounds. “Jean looked flashy at times,” said Bouchard, “It’s disappointing to me though that a flash of ten seconds is enough to win a round, if that’s the case I might have to change my style of coaching. I thought we controlled the action, with the jab, with body shots. I find it tough to agree they gave him that many rounds.
“I don’t see the fight that way, but three judges did, so probably I’m wrong.”