Ovill McKenzie demands world title rematch with Victor Ramirez
Last Updated: 08/10/15 2:03pm
Ovill McKenzie is determined to secure a world title rematch with Victor Ramirez after their agonising split draw.
The 35-year-old from Derby (25-12-1-KO13) travelled to Argentina at short notice in an attempt to become the IBF cruiserweight king and believes he did enough to relieve the home fighter of the belt.
McKenzie told World Boxing News: "It was a great fight on Saturday and in my heart I know I won. At the end of the bout, Ramirez even whispered to me twice that he thought I got the victory.
"I was excited to become world champion but I knew in Argentina I could get robbed.
"Before the fight, I said I was going to knock him out, but then I saw him at the weigh in and he looked like a very tough guy. His feet are massive, like elephant feet and his hands are just as big.
"I knew I would have to box and box well - no way was I taking too many shots from those hands.
Now it is all about getting that rematch. I would love it between late December and early February. Ramirez is a strong, true fighter.
"My stamina was fine for the 12 rounds as well. I'm always in the gym and running, so 11 days is more than enough time for me to get in shape - that never worries me.
"Now it is all about getting that rematch. I would love it between late December and early February. Ramirez is a strong, true fighter and he knows in his heart that I won that fight - I came to his hometown and schooled him, making him look like an amateur.
"If I was in his position I would be the big man and give the rematch straight away.
"I came to his home, so maybe now he should come to England and it will be fair. Even after that, we could have a third fight at a neutral venue and it might make for a good trilogy. If he comes to England I will stop him, simple."
McKenzie is a former British and Commonwealth champion who has lost to the likes of Enzo Maccarinelli and Tony Bellew in the past.