Scotsman Lee McAllister lost his bid for the European light-welterweight title when a hand injury forced him to retire after seven rounds.
McAllister, the home fighter in Aberdeen, Scotland, was the underdog against unbeaten Russian Dennis Shafikov and it soon became clear why when the champion, despite having a height and reach disadvantage, began to land with power shots and frequently kept McAllister against the ropes.
Despite a spirited, brave performance that meant taking lots of punishment, McAllister was falling behind on the scorecards and finally succumbed when the hand injury he suffered became too much to manage.
"I never seem to get a fair crack but things happen for a reason," McAllister told Sky Sports.
"I hurt my left hand, hit him on the top of the head, I thought I was boxing ok to be honest but once I lost my jab I was a bit knackered to be honest, every time I hit the jab I had shooting pains up my arm but there's no excuses he came in here and did a job.
"The last thing a fighter wants is to retire but if it has to be done it has to be done. It was the biggest night of my career but it's been ruined by an injury to my hand. But everything happens for a reason and hopefully I'll get another crack.
"Our plan was to take it easy pick him off and wait for the later rounds and take him out then. I was looking to take him beyond the eighth and then have a go from there.
"But he's offered me the re-match anyway so maybe it's a free trip to Russia and get paid for it. But then we could get him back to Aberdeen and a bigger arena for the rematch."
Below-par McAllister sees bid for European title on home turf ended by injury
By MARTIN HANNAN - scotsman.com
Local hero Lee McAllister failed in his gallant bid to win the European light-welterweight championship in Aberdeen last night. Denis Shafikov, the all-action champion from Russia, out-boxed, out-fought and out-toughed the Aberdeen Assassin who retired at the end of the seventh.
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