Josh Taylor and his family, including fiancee Danielle, have received death threats in the wake of the Scot’s controversial win over Jack Catterall.
Almost all observers felt mandatory challenger Catterall had done enough to be crowned world champion on enemy territory in Glasgow.
But judges Ian John Lewis and Victor Loughlin disagreed with Howard Foster to ensure the belts remained in Glasgow.
And according to MTK Global, who manage both fighters, Taylor has since been abused online.
Following the Josh Taylor vs. Jack Catterall fight on Saturday, MTK Global is saddened and deeply concerned to learn of insults, personal attacks and even death threats targeting the fighters, their partners and their families,” read a statement. “This has to stop immediately.
Josh Taylor insists he DID beat Jack Catterall after watching the fight back – but is willing to fight his British rival again.
Catterall appeared to have done enough to beat Taylor in Glasgow last weekend and to dethrone the undisputed super-lightweight world champion.
But two of the three ringside judges disagreed and Taylor clung on to his four belts.
The Scot insisted then, as he does now, that he won the fight and that he will move up to welterweight, where is willing to face Catterall for a second time.
“I have taken a few days for some well-earnt time with my family after not seeing them for a few months,” he wrote on Instagram. “I’ve had a chance to watch the fight back. First and foremost, I want to congratulate Jack Catterall on a great fight. He rose to the occasion and fought a valiant fight. However, I believe I won a very close fight.
Fighting as the undisputed champion on Scottish soil was a dream come true, but I’m only getting started. I’ll be back and better than ever, this time ready to conquer the welterweight division.”
Taylor was awarded the fight by judges Ian John Lewis and Victor Loughlin while Howard Foster gave Catterall the nod by one round.
The British Boxing Board of Control have confirmed they will investigate the scoring.
General Secretary Robert Smith told the BBC: “My initial thoughts, hand on heart, I thought Jack nicked it, but it was a close fight with some of the rounds going backwards and forwards,” he said. “I don’t think it was robbery.
“With regard to the scores, Howard and Victor I can understand, because it was tight. I am very surprised at Ian’s score and I will tell you now we will be investigating the scorecard.”