Referee Tony Weeks came close to deducting a point from Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana for his roughhousing tactics against American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. in their welterweight showdown last weekend in Las Vegas.
Weeks had been the subject of criticism by fans and Mayweather himself for allegedly allowing Maidana to get away with too much during the bout, which the American won via a majority decision.
"It was a rough fight," Weeks told Boxing Scene. "Maidana used a lot of rough tactics, and I was very close to taking a point from him."
Weeks did warn Maidana in the third round, although Mayweather claimed that the Argentine still hit him with low blows in later rounds and acted more like a WWE wrestler than a boxer.
"There were things happening from both sides, but for the most part, Mayweather was the cleaner fighter," Weeks acknowledged.
Mayweather has already said he does not want Weeks to officiate his next fight, which may be a rematch against Maidana.
"In September, if we do it again, I don't want Tony Weeks as the referee," Mayweather said in the post-fight press conference. "I do like Tony Weeks. I feel like tonight, he was just letting everything fly."