WBA "regular" super middleweight champion David Morrell made a statement last Sunday, when he knocked out undefeated contender Mario Cazares in a single round.
Morrell felt the victory could not have been more clear - despite Cazares and his handlers claiming there were rabbit punches used to set the knockout up.
Cazares was mostly known as the fighter to defeat Canelo Alvarez in the amateurs and more recently Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in the pros.
Morell feels the victory expanded his notoriety with the boxing public.
"A lot of people knew me, but they didn't give me that much importance. Let's just say I was known to those who knew boxing, but there's no doubt that this fight further expanded David Morell Jr.'s name. So I'm very happy with what happened.," Morrell told George Ebro.
"The same people who before the fight wanted Cázares to win, especially a sector of the Mexican public, are the ones who are now repeating that rabbit punches [were involved]. There is a contradiction here. He was the one who gave me two low blows, hit me like four times with the elbow, came in with his head, why don't they talk about that?
"The rabbit punch they claim was to the back of the neck, not to the back of the ear. There are a lot of people who don't know about boxing and they are talking without knowing anything. I threw a punch and he moved. I can't stop the punch when he turns. It's boxing. We are not playing chess. There's only one punch behind the ear that can actually be called a rabbit punch, but it really wasn't.
"He went down from a punch to the jaw. He boxes in an open manner, and he's right-handed and I'm left-handed. I found him to be wide-open and took advantage of it. That's what really happened. They had a plan, an idea, like thinking that the Cuban [boxer] had not fought with anyone and now he is going against a Mexican and he is going to lose. But I said it: I'm not Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. - I'm David Morell. By not having the outcome they expected, they have created this controversy."