AMANDA Coulson’s hopes of an action replay of her 2010 triumph in Crete are over.
The Hartlepool boxer was looking to prove a point at the last tournament before the World Championship having missed out in selection for China.
But Coulson fell at the first hurdle last night at the Minoan Cup, losing in the preliminary round to French champion Estelle Mossely.
Despite a good start, the 29-year-old was beaten 21-14 by the talented Parisian.
It was always going to be a big ask for Coulson to triumph on the Mediterrenean Island, given she was being asked to perform just days after the pain of missing out on her Olympic dream.
The gifted Catholic Club lightweight showed no signs of any ringrust, despite her long absence from competitive action.
She began strongly against Mossely, who was a semi-finalist at the Felix Stamm tournament in Poland last month.
The scores were level at 5-5 after the opener and Coulson was still well in contention at the half-way stage, trailing 9-8.
Mossely won the third by two punches to take a three-point lead going into the final two minutes in Héraklion.
Coulson gave it her all in the last but lost ground and the French number one emerged a 21-14 winner to set up a quarter-final with Finland’s Mira Potkonen.
“I had a great first and tried to put the pressure on in the last but couldn’t quite connect with enough,” Coulson told SportMail. “I thought I had may be lost by two or three points at the most, but not by that margin.
“I had hoped to perform well here, but it wasn’t to be.”
Coulson will now be enjoy a breather after returning from Crete following a long spell training in Sheffield as a full-time member of the Great Britain boxing squad.
She told SportMail last week she was making no decisions on her future in order to concentrate on the Minoan Cup, a competition she struck gold at in 2010.
GB perfomance director Rob McCracken told Coulson he did not want to lose her from the squad and there seems to be plenty of mileage left in the four-time ABA champion.
The Commonwealth Games will include women’s boxing for the first time in 2014 and Glasgow would be a realistic target.