"I thought I nicked it..." Tommy Frank unsure of next steps after split decision defeat
Sheffield’s Tommy Frank admitted he doesn’t know what the future holds for him after he lost his rematch with Rosendo Hugo Guarneros on at Sheffield Arena on Saturday evening.
The Mexican retained his IBF Intercontinental Flyweight Title having inflicted a shock for defeat on the Intake fighter last year.
Frank (13-2) had the better of the early stages of the fight and was unlucky to lose on a split decision. Speaking in his post-match interview, the 27-year-old admitted he was confident of a result despite something of a fightback by Guarneros (19-4-2) in the latter stages.
The Mexican took it by scores of 117-112 and 115-113, with Frank 115-113.
“I thought I nicked it in my heart of hearts,” Frank said. “If I thought I'd lost, I'd just say.
“I'll be honest I thought [I won] the first seven or eight rounds. I got a bit sloppy towards the end, I was getting caught with daft shots, but I did think I did enough.
“It was close, towards the end there might have been a couple of rounds in it but I thought I nicked it.
“I'm just absolutely gutted, I've lost two fights in a row. What that means I don't know.”
Frank’s fellow Steel City fighter Perry Howe retained his unbeaten start as a professional (3-0-1) by beating Latvian journeyman Jevgenijs Andrejevs (10-113-3) by virtue of his first technical knockout in the fourth round.
Howe said: “The referee probably made a good decision there, he was taking some hammer and I’m glad for his own safety he got stopped and I hope he’s alright.”