Paul Butler has vowed to bounce back and win another world title after a disappointing loss to Zolani Tete on Friday night.
Ellesmere Port's Butler was knocked out in the eighth round of his IBF super-flyweight title challenge following a powerful left uppercut to the chin from the South African.
Tete dominated the contest from start to finish with his superior reach the telling difference before the devastating knockout blow.
The first three rounds were ominous for the 26-year-old who was unable to land anything meaningful, however, taking very little damage himself.
The fourth and fifth were a little better for Butler who did manage a few telling punches, but Tete was undeterred as he keep throwing with menace, knocking the challenger back time and time again.
The Baby Face Assassin did have some joy in the sixth round, landing a left-right combo which got the Arena to their feet - but again, not enough to take the round
That was to be the height of it for Butler as Tete regained total control in the seventh before his splendid finish in the eighth.
A humbled Butler, speaking after the fight, gave credit to a "good champion" and has promised to make a swift return in his quest for a second world title.
"I'm very disappointed, I wanted that world title but the better man won on the night," admitted the 26-year-old.
"He landed a great shot, I didn't see it, I had to ask after what shot it was. The worst thing about it was we had worked on it in the gym, we knew what he would do. It's my fault really, getting too tough, banging my gloves together and going in to have it out with him - and he's caught me.
"I said it before the fight, he's everyone's worst nightmare, a tall long southpaw and believe me he could punch. The first punch he landed was a jab to the body and I felt that. I still had to try and get in the fight and every time I tried you could see him step back and look for that left hand."
He added: "Everything he done he done it right. even in close he was clever in holding, it was just a good gameplan by him. He's a good champion and a fair winner.
"I'll be back in the gym in a few weeks and me and Arnie will be working again towards another world title. I'm 100% confident I can win a world title at super-flyweight, I'll be back and hopefully have one later this year."