Bailey Sugden vows to return ‘stronger and better than ever’ after his dissatisfying loss to Zakaria Zouggary in Los Angeles.
Newark-on-Trent’s Sugden, 20, fought valiantly against Zouggary on the GLORY 52 SuperFight Series, however, his fate was sealed in round three after the referee’s ruling of a knockdown handicapped Sugden with an automatic 10-8 round.
Controversially, replays of the knockdown indicated that perhaps it was the wrong call. Sugden did of course, fall to the canvas, but the manner in which it happened remains questionable. Was it actually a push which caught Sugden off balance?
After three rounds, five ISKA judges all ruled the fight 30-26 in favour of the Dutch-Moroccan, however, it was a much closer fight than the scores indicated. Don’t get me wrong, though, “Bad Boy” certainly didn’t do enough to win the fight, with a game Zouggary constantly pressuring the Nottinghamshire fighter with great combinations, high and low.
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Sugden’s performance, though, albeit not what the Suggy’s camp was hoping for, still deserves merit. The 20-year-old may feel contempt towards the judges and you can’t blame him. As a minimum, it seemed like “BBB” did enough to win the second-round with great amounts of forward pressure and slick head movement.
All in all, “Bad Boy” and “Double Z” delivered a true spectacle in LA, and it would be fascinating to see them run it back down the line.
Bailey slips to his first defeat inside the GLORY promotion, however, as the No.10 ranked featherweight told the media post-fight, this loss will only spur him on to even greater things.
“There’s no doubt Zakaria was at his best tonight and performed very well.” Sugden told the press in Long Beach. “Coming back from his only loss on GLORY, he was extremely dangerous but I love danger and when we exchanged, he frustrated me as he held me when we started.
“That said, tonight just wasn’t my night. I didn’t do what I trained to do, I underperformed and didn’t deliver the game plan we worked on. But make no mistake about it – I will be back, stronger and better than ever, and sooner rather than later.”