Chad Dawson and his promoter Gary Shaw weren't happy with the judging of his 175-pound title fight against Jean Pascal on Saturday night in Montreal.
Pascal scored a unanimous-decision win after the fight was stopped in the 11th round due to a serious cut over Dawson's right eye. The cut was the result of an accidental head butt.
Neither Dawson nor Shaw was pleased with the result. But the result was expected, especially after the lackluster effort put forth by Dawson. Pascal, who fed off his hometown Canadian crowd, was the aggressor for much of the bout.
Dawson showed flashes at various points, but he wasn't consistent with his attack. But no one from Dawson's camp wanted to hear that.
"The head butt was intentional in my estimation," Shaw told reporters. "I thought the ref should have let Chad fight the last two rounds. He had Pascal in trouble."
Although Dawson did have him in trouble the 11th, Pascal was ahead on all three scorecards heading through 10 rounds. He was head by three rounds on Canadian judge Jack Woodburn's card, while the two other judges, one British and one American, had Pascal ahead by two rounds.
The final scores were 108-101 and 106-103 (twice).
Dawson was also upset at Canadian referee Michael Griffin, who he said allowed Pascal get away with at least four other head butts.
Dawson and Shaw's beef with the referee and judges notwithstanding, Pascal was the better fighter.
Even Dawson admitted Pascal fought a "great technical" fight.
There is a rematch clause, but Pascal is allowed to take another fight before fighting Dawson again. Dawson wants an immediate rematch, but that is not likely to happen.
Lucian Bute, a top 168-pounder, was in attendance. HBO's broadcrast crew of Jim Lampley and Larry Merchant mentioned a possible bout between Pascal and Bute. Although Pascal called out Bernard Hopkins and Joe Calzaghe, Bute will likely be his next opponent.
As for Dawson, he'd already beaten Antonio Tarver and Glen Johnson twice and Tomasz Adamek. There not much left for him in the division. Dropping back down to 168 is a possibility, but with Showtime's World Boxing Classic still going on, he won't get a shot at any of the top super middleweights in the world.
A rematch with Pascal is the only fight worth anything to Dawson right now. And it looks like he may have to wait for that.