SHEFFIELD light-middleweight Ryan Rhodes saw his dreams of becoming a two-time European champion brutally dashed by Belarus’ Sergey Rabchenko.
The 35-year-old former two-time British titleist slipped to 46-6 after being undone by a chilling left hook to the body six seconds from the end of round seven.
Rabchenko, trained by Hatton who also promotes Rhodes, moves his perfect professional record to 21 victories with 16 of those coming inside the distance.
Sheffield’s Richard Towers beat his French opponent in another European title fight - but it was a poor match.
Elsewhere, St Helens middleweight Martin Murray stayed on course for another world-title shot with a routine 98-93 points win over French champion Karim Achour in his first outing since December’s battling draw with WBA king Felix Sturm.
British super-bantamweights Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe must put world title ambitions on hold as their interim WBA contest at Manchester Velodrome was ruled a technical draw.
Full analysis in Monday’s Star.