Welsh fighter Andrew Selby suffered a primary career defeat being a professional as he was halted in the fifth round from Julio Cesar Martinez in Mexico City.
The 30-year older was hoping to turn into compulsory challenger for Charlie Edwards’ WBC world flyweight title.
Unbeaten Martinez had other thoughts and also a body shot in the fifth round did the damage Selby answering the count only for the referee to intervene.
Selby was ahead on the scorecards but must now decide on another world title path.
Wales’ most decorated amateur fighter, Selby turned professional in 2015 and had been hoping to manage Edwards, who successfully defended his title against Spain’s Angel Moreno in the Burger Box Arena only hours earlier.
Selby told BBC Sport Wales from the lead-up to the struggle that he was concerned about the heat and elevation being facets and thus it was he failed to keep up a fast start.
A cut to his forehead at the 3rd round appeared to wrap Selby together with his competitor docked a spot, and also a left hook in the fifth ceased the competition – even though Selby’s trainer, Tony Borg, felt the referee should have enabled his fighter to last.
Selby was ahead to the judges’ cardsat the right time of the stoppage, together with WBC operating’open scoring’ for its struggle, making use of their cards shown after rounds eight and four.
“He was hurt and he got up, the ref counted him out on his feet,” Borg wrote on societal networking.
Martinez is now the WBO’s mandatory challenger for Edwards.