Former Irish champion Oisin Fagan came out this morning praising his opponent's performance after the WBA International Lightweight Champion, Amir Khan, looked to have dismantled the Irishman in less than two rounds.
However, after a trip to the doctor on Sunday morning Fagan learned that he had broken his ankle in the very first round.
Fagan said: ‘Im absolutely gutted. First of all I don't want to take anything away from Amir Khan - he's an exceptional fighter and a lovely kid and looked very sharp in there last night, but truth be known, that when I went down the first time, in the first round, I broke my ankle.
‘Obviously I didn't know for certain it was broken until I got it checked out, but I knew there was something wrong, as I couldn't put my weight on my left foot; hence the reason I looked so uneasy and off-balance in there.
‘Anybody who watched the fight or replays it can clearly see me getting up after the first knockdown and having to use the ropes to steady myself while limping.
‘Then there is footage of me hopping around the ring thereafter.
‘I have to go for X-rays tomorrow, but a friend of mine who is a nurse is quite certain, by the colours and burst blood vessels that the ankle is broken and has also had some bad ligament damage.’
Fagan continued: ‘It's wrapped up and I've been on crutches since early this morning.
‘It's very rare that I go down in a fight. I have to hand it to Amir, it was a lovely shot to put me down the first time, with a nice short little right hand, but after that, it was the fact that I kept coming forward and when I put my weight on my broken ankle, it just seemed to buckle from underneath me.
‘Again, no disrespect to Amir- he's a great kid and a brilliant boxer, but I just don't think he'd have had it quite so easy if I hadn't broken my ankle in the first round.’
Most people in the ExCel Arena were surprised to see the towel being thrown in against Khan, as Fagan has already taken former IBF world champion Paul Spadafora to a split decision; not to mention another split decison, versus highly ranked Verquan Kimbrough in his hometown and a rip-roaring contest with Julio Cesar Chavez Jnr.
Fagan, known for his toughness and iron-chin, threw some nice overhand rights to Khan's head but Khan showed his class with nice movement and dazzling speed.
Fagan said: ‘Who knows what would have happened if my ankle was okay all the way through. I guess we won't know, unless he gives me a rematch, which I would be very keen on taking.’
The end came with about a minute to go in the second round when Fagan's coach, John Breen threw in the towel when Fagan seemed to be struggling, in uncharacteristic fashion.
Fagan drops to 22-6 (13 KOs), while Khan raises his profile to 19-1 (15 KOs).