DISGUSTED Nigel Wright today insisted he was "robbed" of glory and the £25,000 winner's cheque at Prizefighter Three.
The Hartlepool fighter lost a controversial split decision in his semi-final against cockney fighter Michael Lomax at the York Hall in the capital's east end.
To rub salt into the 29-year-old's wounds, Lomax went on to beat Ted Bami in an all-London final.
Few people in a packed Bethnal Green arena thought Lomax had beaten Wright – Sky Sports commentators Adam Smith and Jim Watt both thought the Gus Robison star had won it.
But Southern Area officials Mark Green and Ian John Lewis both gave the verdict to Lomax – Green marking all three rounds to the eastender.
"I feel I've been cheated out of the title," Wright told SportMail.
"That 25 grand has been stolen from me because of this decision – that's how strongly I feel.
"I'm absolutely disgusted – how could they rob me like that?
"One judge gave Lomax all three which is unbelievable.
"The art of boxing is to hit and not be hit and that's what I did.
"I can't remember Michael hitting me with a clean shot.
"They've robbed me and my family. I'm sure I'd have beaten Ted in the final and that prize money would have meant a great deal – I have a fiance and daughter to provide for.
"I don't think I spoke to anyone after the semi-final who thought Lomax had beaten me, not even his people!"
It was a painful night for Wright who beat Ross Minter in the quarter-final despite suffering a bad gash to his right leg when slipping as he tried to get in the ring.
It required eight stitches ahead of the Lomax confrontation.
"I didn't feel 100 per cent at the semi," said Wright. "I had to get stitches so I didn't really get the chance to recover properly from the Minter bout.
"But I'm not making excuses – that's the rapid nature of Prizefighter.
"It's a good competition, but the fact is I was robbed against Lomax. He may have even won one round but I won the fight."