Paul Appleby won a close fight today over Stephen Ormond in Glasgow.. (Photo by Rob Casey/Getty Images)
The BoxNation commentary team felt that Stephen Ormond deserved to stay unbeaten after a tough 10-round battle against Paul Appleby today in Glasgow, but the official judges all disagreed, scoring it 96-94, 96-94, and 96-95, all cards for Appleby.
Appleby (18-3, 11 KO) had to dig himself out of a small hole early in the fight, and did so by hurting Ormond (11-1, 5 KO) on a hook to the body in the sixth round, which helped boost him down the stretch a bit, and ultimately may have led to his victory.
The fighters embraced in the ring after the bout, and then went ringside together for a dual post-fight interview, friendly and both appreciating the fight the other man had brought to the ring, neither complaining about the decision.
"I thought that Stephen started well and I picked up late. It was a tight one, I'm glad I got the decision," said Appleby.
"I brought it to him. It was close and could have gone either way. I'm happy anyway. It was close, no complaints from me," Ormond said just after.
The win nets Appleby the Celtic super featherweight title, and puts him back in position to get another shot at the British belt, or perhaps a rematch with Liam Walsh for the Commonwealth title.