Danny Couzens rued his gung-ho approach as he went down to a points loss to Andreas Evangelou.
The Titchfield light-heavyweight lost a 58-56 decision to the unbeaten prospect in London on Saturday.
But that didn’t tell the story of the contest as the 28-year-old came to within an ace of stopping his rival.
Couzens looked to have won the battle in the third round when a left hook floored Evangelou.
It looked like the 5-7-2 man had the KO in the bag.
Evangelou scrambled to his feet, however, and the referee allowed the contest to continue.
Couzens then went looking for the finish but failed to land the final concussive shot which would have seen the match-up waved off.
The game plan went out of the window for him at that stage, as he charged forward for the stoppage.
That allowed Evangelou to land the shots which would eventually make all the difference.
Couzens was frustrated by the loss after coming so close to picking up a win in a crowd-pleasing battle.
But he knew there were positives to take from the loss.
Couzens said: ‘When he went down I had him hurt and I thought the referee was going to stop it. I was actually celebrating.
‘I went for it like a mad man and perhaps got the red mist after that.
‘I thought I could finish him and the boxing went out of the window. I started brawling.
‘He had no power and I knew I could have walked through his shots. I have to learn from that.
‘The crowd loved it, though, and I’d love to have a rematch with him – but I think he would see that as too dangerous.’