Savannah Marshall had to settle for silver at the Feliks Stamm Memorial Tournament.
But, despite losing on points to arch-rival Nouchka Fontijn in the final in Warsaw, the Hartlepool boxer hopes reaching the final at the prestigious competition is a step in the right direction.
After triumphing at the Commonwealths in Glasgow 13 months ago, Marshall has been eliminated at the first hurdle in the next two major events, the World Championships and European Games.
However, the 24-year-old enjoyed a productive week in the Warsaw capital.
Marshall reeled off three impressive victories in as many days, outpointing a string of leading European rivals.
The Headland star defeated Poland’s Lidia Fidura in the preliminary round, before winning her quarter-final against Valentina Khalzova, from Kazakhstan.
Marshall edged double former world champion Anna Laurell in the semis only to lose out to world number three Fontijn, her conqueror in the summer’s European Games, by a unanimous verdict.
“I thought it was close and could have gone either way,” she said.
“It was disappointing to lose the final, but it was good to get rounds and wins under my belt.”