Up-and-coming boxer Stan Stannard was left ‘gutted’ and surprised after the judges’ verdict went against him at his first title fight.
The Harby middleweight lost on a split decision to Kirkby-in-Ashfield opponent Jordan Cameron after an excellent contest for the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire title.
Stannard was featuring in only his second elite level fight, while his opponent has held the belt for two years in a 65-bout career.
But for the final two rounds, Stannard appeared to take the fight to the holder and looked visibly shocked as the MC read out the result.
He said: “I’m gutted with the decision, but angry at myself as I could have done so much better in the first round.
“I was too tentative and gave him too much respect. Even so I believe that I won that fight.”
Cameron opened the bout at a high pace, stalking Stannard who was forced to jab and move to get the measure and pace of the fight.
Having lost the first round, Stannard raised his level in the next and began to force Cameron onto the back foot. Both fighters landed telling blows, but Stannard finished the stronger.
Stannard came out for the final round and dominated the ring, scoring consistently and leaving Cameron defending on the back foot and, at times, hanging on for the bell.
The 500-strong crowd at Mellish Sports Centre, in Bulwell, gave both fighters an ovation at the final bell.
But it was Cameron who left with the belt, while Stannard came away with a few valuable lessons learned.