"I absolutely thought I won. I thought I won at least 5, if not 6 of the 8 rounds...All I can say is I thought I won the fight and so did a lot of other people...I feel Marshall may have played a role in that. Marshall was coaching my opponent from right next to the judge. That was just crazy. There should be something done about that one," stated super featherweight contender Ryan Kielczweski, who talked about his fight with Frank De Alba, his future plans, and much more. Check it out!
PC: A lot of people felt you won the fight against Frank De Alba, but obviously the judges felt you didn't win. What did you think of the fight and the outcome?
RK: Yeah, I absolutely thought I won. I thought I won at least 5, if not 6 of the 8 rounds. I felt like I gave it up in the last two rounds. He caught me with a straight left to the body that took the wind out of me and I think I lost the last 2 rounds. One of the rounds in the middle of the fight, I forget which round it was, it was a neck and neck kind of round. I would have gave it to him just because of the hometown situation. All I can say is I thought I won the fight and so did a lot of other people.
PC: Going into those last rounds, did you feel you had created enough separation to where you made it easy on the judges to get it right, or being that you were in his hometown, did you fear a bad decision was possible?
RK: I thought I had the fight won, to be honest with you. I definitely thought I had the fight won. I tried to finish strong, but like I said, he took the wind out of me in that 7th round and I didn't really recover from it. But with the exception of those rounds...I don't know (laughing).
PC: Sometimes judges are looking for certain things and that's out of everyone's control except that judge because we don't know what they are looking for. But to see an 80-72 scorecard, which means one judge didn't give you not one single round, that has to be disheartening because that says you showed up and did nothing.
RK: It makes you feel like the scores are already decided before the fight happens. A lot of shady stuff went on in that little...I mean, Marshall Kauffman was right next to that judge that scored it 80-72 and that was also the judge that something happened to him and he had to leave. In my eyes and my thinking, that judge that got sick wasn't following the script that he was supposed to and he was scoring rounds for me (laughing). I feel Marshall may have played a role in that. Marshall was coaching my opponent from right next to the judge. That was just crazy. There should be something done about that one.
PC: Does it make you paranoid or have reservations now to fight in someone else's backyard or does it not bother you and you'll chalk this up to an isolated incident?
RK: It is what it is, boxing is boxing, and I don't really care where I fight somebody, but that was just...I just hope that that doesn't happen like that again. That was just so bad. You don't really see it that bad ever. I don't care about going to other people's hometowns and fighting them, just give me a fair shake. Get some judges from different areas or something.
PC: The reality now is you have dropped 2 of your last 3 fights and you feel that's unjustified. Where do you go from here?
RK: I'm not sure. Luckily that was on TV and everybody saw it, so hopefully that was just like a win and there is no backwards step in that one. I can see if that wasn't on TV and I lost that way, it would just be that I lost to Frank De Alba. Now he has to take a couple of steps back to take a step forward. I don't see that that's really the case in this one. Everybody knows that I won the fight, so hopefully there is no step back.
PC: The crazy thing is many observers felt you were given a raw deal to the Pennsylvania guy, and then in the main event, they felt the Pennsylvania guy was given a raw deal against Edner Cherry.
RK: I didn't see the last fight, but I heard it was a very bad decision as well.
PC: Do you have an idea of how soon you would like to return to the ring?
RK: Whenever! I'm just going to chill out for the rest of the week, get nice and fat, have a couple of beers and get back to the gym next week and start my grind again. I will stay in shape and hopefully the phone will ring and I will be back in the summer.
PC: I appreciate the time, best of luck moving forward, and keep me posted on what you have going on. Is there anything else you would like to add before I let you go?
RK: Thank you! Just stay tuned for whatever, you know (laughing). Hopefully you will see me soon!
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