JOHN Anthony’s bid for title glory simply ran out of steam.
The Edlington fighter looked in the best shape of his career as he met Sheffield’s Carl Wild for the Central Area light heavyweight crown at the Dome.
But a lack of stamina was exposed in the second half of the bout ensuring he was edged out 96-95 on points.
A little more than a year ago, Anthony weighed in at more than 200lb for a bout.
On Saturday night he was down to 173lb but still looking as menacing as ever with his stocky frame.
Anthony appeared to know all along that he would need a knock out to take Wild’s strap.
Over the first five rounds, he threw everything he had at his tall foe.
There was some success as well, particularly with a clubbing overhand right that Wild appeared to have no answer to.
The blow landed on a number of occasions but failed to seriously faze Wild.
There were certainly arguments suggesting Anthony was ahead by a round heading into the second half of the fight.
But his challenge quickly wilted.
Wild used his considerable height advantage to full effect, planting his feet in the centre of the ring and plugging away with the jab.
It was not special and not particularly thrilling but it was enough to keep a tiring Anthony at bay.
There seemed little doubt over the winner from the ringside perspective but referee Howard Foster handed out a verdict with just a point difference.
At 37-years-old it is difficult to see where Anthony will go next in his career but Foster’s tight verdict may give him cause to call for a rematch.