Coach Mal Gates said "boxing was the winner" after watching Anthony Nelson lose a Commonwealth title war with Jamie Conlan.
Nelson looked on course for a successful defence of his super-flyweight championship when he floored the Belfast boxer in a dominant round seven assault.
But Conlan beat that count and at the start of round eight put Nelson down with a stinging body shot.
Unfortunately, the 30-year-old Shields star could not get up and was counted out by referee Marcus McDonnell on the 40-second mark.
"At the end of the day, boxing was the winner," said Gates.
"That was a great advert for boxing. [Promoter] Frank Warren came straight over and said 'what a warrior' and thinks it could be the fight of the year.
"Anthony's put in a great performance, Jamie's eyes were nearly closed, and that kid's number five in the world.
"He's devastated, but he will come again."