Jason Cunningham suffered another heartbreaking setback at the Doncaster Dome and his promoter Stefy Bull feels they need to go back to the drawing board.
Woodlands’ Cunningham, 23, was beaten by former world title challenger Jason Booth by a solitary point according to referee Mark Lyson.
Cunningham has twice now suffered agonising defeats after losing out in a Commonwealth title fight to Ross Burkinshaw earlier this year.
A career that once looked promising now needs to be turned around.
He failed to deal with veteran Booth’s tricky style in the nip and tuck contest that ended 96-95.
Promoter Stefy Bull recognised the mistakes Cunningham made but still felt he did enough to earn the decision.
He said: “It breaks my heart. I do my best to get my fighters opportunities in the home corner and then the decision does not go your way.
“Maybe I’m being a bit biased but I thought my man edged it. He got drawn into a fight again which is not what we had been working on at all.
“Jason Booth is not a shot fighter. He rolled back the years and you can’t deny him that.
“I was really proud of Jason (Cunningham) but we have to go back to the drawing board. He’s still only 25 so we have time to develop him.”
Cunningham agreed with his mentor’s analysis. He said: “I got dragged in yet again but it’s easier said than done sometimes.
“I’m just absolutely gutted because it was another tight one. We have to go back to the drawing board because champions bounce back.”
None of the Doncaster contingent on the undercard slipped up as they all ran out points winners.
Conisbrough’s Steven Hale returned to the ring after more than three and a half years out.
Lightweight Hale, 28, won all four rounds against Dewsbury veteran Youssef Al Hamidi.
Light-middleweight Aston Jolly, 26, from Stainforth was involved in a close contest against Burundi-born Simone Lucas but managed to preserve his unbeaten record with a 39-38 victory.
Denaby’s Adam Jones, 22, now has a record that reads a mixed four wins, six defeats and four draws after he beat Dee Mitchell from Birmingham on points over four rounds.
Jones impressed with the variety of shots he threw and took the decision 40-36.
Luke Crowcroft, 20, from Scawthorpe posted another win by outpointing Derby’s Elvis Dube 40-36.
Bull added: “Aston edged out a boxer much better than his record and Luke did nothing silly to get himself another win.
“Steven boxed very well to instructions and it was nice to see Adam get back to winning ways.”
Bentley’s Craig Derbyshire, 23, made his professional bow on Sunday afternoon at bantamweight and only just missed out on making a winning start.
Derbyshire, who has a background in mixed martial arts, took on Loua Nassa at the Sheffield Octagon and performed well in the bout before falling to a 39-38 defeat
Nassa stood up to a number of heavy blows from Derbyshire but he was never given a moment’s peace. His more cultured boxing earned him a narrow win.