Jamie Pittman has vowed to continue his quest to become a world boxing champion after being defeated in his bid for the WBA middleweight title against champion Felix Sturm in Düsseldorf.
Pittman, who accepted the fight at late notice and came in as a heavy underdog started the fight strong, winning the first two rounds before an accidental head clash late in the second round opened a cut above his right eye. By the end of the third round the eye was completely closed. Unable to see his opponent’s jab, Pittman even switched to orthodox at one stage to better see the punches coming but struggled throughout the remainder of the bout.
After being knocked to the canvas for the third time of the fight in round seven, the referee called a halt to the bout ending Pittman’s title dream.
“I was definitely in the fight until the eye [injury], but that’s boxing and no excuse,” Pittman said after the fight.
“We had a few critics saying we took the fight too early, so I guess they can put their heads up and say, ‘I told you so’.
“But we were in the fight from round one and it’s just unfortunate that these things happen … there was a head clash and then he shut my eye with some good jabs. I will be back.
“I know I can beat these guys and I know I can be the world champion. I’m only young and I’ve only had 17 professional fights. I’d love to do it again.”