Jack Catterall clearly outlanded Josh Taylor in total punches, according to the CompuBox punch stats for their title fight.
Jack Catterall outlanded Josh Taylor throughout the fight, according to CompuBox punch stats.
The Chorley fighter appeared to have the better of his Scottish opponent and scored a knockdown.
Catterall floored Taylor with a combination of left hooks in round eight but the champion survived the round and the remainder of the fight.
Scorecards of 112-113, 114-111, 113-112 saw Taylor retain his WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF world titles at junior welterweight.
Fans have even branded the split decision loss as a 'robbery' and are hoping for the outcome to be reversed.
The British Boxing Board of Control have since investigated the result but it is unlikely a decision on the fight will be changed.
The CompuBox punch stats reveal Catterall landed 120 of his 525 shots thrown compared to Taylor's 73 of 306.
In the jabs department, Catterall landed 39 from 258 while Taylor landed just 16 of 127.
When it came to power punches, Catterall also outlanded Taylor with 81 connecting from 267. His opponent landed just 57 of 179.
Catterall contemplates future
Since his controversial defeat, Catterall has hinted that he could retire from the sport.
Robert Smith of the British Boxing Board of Control, believes the fight was closer than it seemed but in his response, Catterall dismissed his comments.
"I'm lucky, I've had support from my family, my friends and the country, so I can take a bit of solace in that.
"It's hard to wrap my head around. After listening to Rob there, it's sickening.
"I've had a lot of respect for him and the BBBofC but I'm losing confidence in them now.
"To say the fight was close, there's not one other person that thinks that. I don't know what he was watching. It's sickening."
Reflecting on the fight itself, Catterall added: "Fighting's all I know, I've done it for 18 years. It's a tough one, even before this fight there were times when I thought I might have to get on the road and start working to provide for my family.
"I finally got my big opportunity to change my family's life and it's gone."
Catterall even accused boxing of 'corruption'. "There's a lot of incompetence in boxing and how it's regulated, but I do believe there's some corruption," he said.
"I've got a lawyer working on it and hopefully we'll get some kind of justice. It's never going to bring back Saturday night but something needs to be done.
"I don't know where it's coming from but something needs to be done to get it out of the sport."