Glenn Foot’s challenge for the British and Commonwealth championship has ended in a bloody defeat to Sam Eggington.
The double title battle was stopped at the start of the ninth round on the advice of the ringside doctor with Foot suffering from a cut to his left eye.
Foot argued long and hard with the medic but referee Steve Gray followed the directive of the British Boxing Board of Control official.
With Mr Gray ruling the cut had been the result of an accidental clash of heads, the result was decided by the scorecards of the judges.
All three judges marked it in favour of the Commonwealth champ who has now added the British belt to his collection.
Howard Foster scored it 80-72, Phil Edwards 80-71 and Terry O’Connor 79-72 as Eggington triumphed via a technical decision.
It was a disappointing end for the Sunderland star but by the time of the stoppage, Eggington was well on top.
The first two rounds were cagey affairs with little to choose between the pair.
But Eggington used his reach to good effect as the bout wore on, producing the more effective work.
The Stourbridge 21-year-old upped the pressure in the seventh, a round Foot was deducted a point for holding, while the former Prizefighter champ also suffered the cut to his left eye.
Round eight saw Eggington on top again, accurate at long range and aggressive in close.
The Marley Pots fighter complained at being caught low, while he was told off by Mr Gray for the use of his head.
Foot needed a big finish from the ninth onwards, but the doctor’s intervention meant the fight was decided by the scorecards and Eggington emerged a deserved winner.