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Sandy Ryan has urged for a rematch with Jessica McCaskill to take place at the Derby Arena after the pair fought to a controversial split-decision draw in Florida last weekend.
Many felt Ryan deserved the nod after the ten rounds in Orlando but only judge Mike Ross scored the bout in her favour (96-94).
Barry Lindenman adjudged the bout a 95-95 draw while Mark Streisand bizarrely ruled in favour of McCaskill (97-93).
Working on commentary for DAZN, IBF flyweight champion Sunny Edwards lambasted the decision seconds after it was read out in the Caribe Royale Orlando.
“Let me be the first to say it, that was terrible. I hope they can hear me right now live on DAZN. That was terrible, I don’t know what the judges were watching,” the Brit exclaimed.
Both agree to a rematch post-fight
The result ensured Ryan kept her WBO belt at 147lbs while McCaskill left with her WBA and WBC titles intact.
Both agreed to meet in a rematch later this year but the Brit wants the second fight to take place on British soil after the result of their initial encounter.
“Make the rematch at Derby arena right next to Pride Park @EddieHearn I know the whole of Derby will turn up!”, Ryan posted on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter.
America’s McCaskill has not yet posted since the fight but maintained she felt she had done enough to edge a decision in the immediate aftermath.
Unification in Ryan’s eighth fight
The bout marks Ryan’s eighth professional outing since entering the paid ranks in July 2021.
A split-decision defeat to Erica Farias in her fourth fight was righted in an immediate rematch where Ryan boxed to a unanimous ten-round decision five months later.
Two fights later saw the former Team GB fighter challenge for the vacant WBO welterweight crown which was claimed with a dominant decision victory over Marie Pier Houle in April.