Adrian Roach laments defeat by Trinidadian in Colombia
Adrian Roach was left disappointed after suffering a controversial defeat by Aaron Prince, of Trinidad & Tobago, at the American Boxing Confederation Junior, Youth and Women’s Championships yesterday in Cali, Colombia.
Fighting in the elite men 67-71kg division, Roach, who forced his opponent to the canvas in the second round, is adamant the judges scored the three-round bout in his favour, only for the referee to deduct two points from him, for not lifting his head.
Reflecting on the defeat, Roach was disappointed to lose out to an opponent who competed in the men's middleweight event at the 2020 Olympics.
“Bit of a crazy one today,’’ Roach said on Instagram. “I won overall rounds on the judges’ scorecards but due to a two-point deduction in the second round for not keeping my head up, the fight got ultimately got scored to my opponent.
“Pretty annoying, because two points that they said I was keeping my head down, I was just slipping punches, but unfortunately the referee’s decision overrules the judges.
“They also did not score when I knocked him down in the second. I am not the one to make excuses but on the cards I won, and it was the deductions that cost me the fight so I don’t feel bad expressing my frustration.”