Bradley Saunders saw his unbeaten record disappear on Saturday night after being disqualified against Renald Garrido at the Olympia in Liverpool.
The controversial moment came in the sixth round after Garrido had floored Saunders and was bossing proceedings, and the Newcastle-born fighter responded in disgraceful fashion.
Having gone into the fight with a 12-0 record, Saunders will now have to regroup and come back later in the year to repair the damage done after being tipped for a fast-track route to title fights.
Garrido enjoyed the best moments of the bout, with his opponent undoubtedly suffering with an element of ring rust after being kept out of action due to injury for some time.
After being apologetic in his post-fight interview, Saunders was fully aware of the fact that he had let many people down and will now return to the gym with a view of responding with a much improved performance next time out.
The Durham-born fighter was featuring on the undercard of Stephen Smith’s clash with Devis Boschiero, with the home favourite winning via stoppage in their IBF title eliminator.