Danny Couzens has vowed to drop down to his natural light-heavyweight division as his brave Southern Area title shot came up short.
Couzens suffered a fourth-round stoppage at the hands of Leon Williams in their cruiserweight clash at the York Hall.
The 26-year-old gave away over a stone in weight to his opponent going into the meeting. But he was on top on the referee’s scorecard until he was floored and counted out by a crushing right 30 seconds into the fourth.
Couzens said: ‘It was a bit disappointing. To be fair, it was a great shot from him to finish it.
‘I gave away over a stone in weight against him going into it. When I weighed in I still had my mobile phone, wallet and keys in my pocket! He was a big lad. These cruiserweights are too big for me but I’ll come again, that’s for sure.
‘I’ll get down to light-heavyweight, which is my natural weight, and look to do something there.’
It started in a cagey manner with Williams taking the centre of the ring and Couzens circling.
It was proving an even battle but the feeling was Couzens would have to work hard to get the win in enemy territory against the champion.
He upped his game in the second, with Williams looking for the big shots. The champion landed them in the third with a big hook on the mark.
Couzens was doing his own work still, however, but that, unfortunately, all changed in the fourth when a huge shot brought the battle to close with Couzens backed up.