Ashley Theophane failed to make the third and final defence of his British light-welterweight title as Darren Hamilton caused an unexpected upset at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool.
The 31 year-old, who has mixed it with some of the world’s top fighters in a globe-trotting career, was due to meet local fighter Steve Williams until a chest infection ruled him out and Theophane chose to face Hamilton over Prizefighter champion Adil Anwar.
‘Treasure’ made tough work of it early on as both fighters tried to get in the ascendancy and became embroiled in a scrappy affair, much like his previous contest with Ben Murphy – which favoured Hamilton.
Hamilton, 33, kept Theophane frustrated and ragged throughout and claimed a 117-112, 118-113 and 115-113 victory to move on to a potential mandatory bout with the man Theophane chose not to face, Adil Anwar.
‘The Platinum Kid’ scored two knockdowns in an easy ten-round win over an out-of depth Dave Ryan. The bout was an eliminator for a shot at the new champion and the 24 year-old hardly put a foot wrong in easing his way to a 99-90, 98-90 and 99-91 triumph.