David Howe’s attempts to revive his heavyweight career suffered a morale crushing set-back as he was stopped in the first round against Nathan Gorman.
The 6ft 8ins Ryan Rhodes fighter had returned to the ring in July after a two year absence, losing then to Dorian Darch
But on Saturday, the Sheffield giant lasted just 2:27 minutes against the Ricky Hatton fighter, who was five inches shorter.
Gorman, the Nantwich, Cheshire fighter who tipped the scale at 18 stone 7lbs had a quick night’s work to collect the Central Area title at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex, Stoke on Trent.
One big right hand did the damage, dropping Howe to the canvas.
It’s back to the drawing board for the 36-year-old who is a warehouse worker in Kelham Island.
Losing in such a fashion was a hugely backward step - but he was up against an unbeaten opponent of undoubted quality.
At the Dearne Valley leisure centre on Saturday, Barnsley super bantamweight Josh Wale recorded a points win over Ashley Lane, from Northampton, to re-start his career after a loss in July.
Wale’s record moves to W21 L9 D2.
Wale won 97-94 in a cracking contest, overcoming a cut above the eye in round one, caused by a clash of heads.
The fight was an English title eliminator.
On the same show, middleweight Matthew Mallin, from Stairfoot, stopped Hull’s Tom Knight in the fifth of six scheduled rounds.
At Bethnal Green, Rotherham’s Kash Ali added another scalp to his growing collection.
The 24-year-old heavyweight outpointed Welsh southpaw Hari Miles in a six rounder.
Ali, who now lives in Birmingham, now has a record showing 11 straight wins, three of them stoppages.
* Nathan Cleverly’s career has been revived after he won the WBA regular light-heavyweight title in Germany following Juergen Braehmer’s withdrawal through injury.
The defending champion, from Germany, appeared to be leading his one-dimensional challenger when he pulled out at the end of the sixth round.
Cleverly, 29 and once the WBO champion, again looked far from the fighter he was before suffering his first professional defeat to Russia’s Sergey Kovalev in 2013.