Declan Trainor went down fighting in his brave bid to see off Stephen Reynolds at the Devenish Complex on Saturday night.
The two cruiser weights were fighting for the Celtic Nations title and after six action packed pulsating rounds, Reynolds stopped the Warrenpoint man with a series of right hands to get his hands on the belt.
Both fighters had their share of success and they both received a standing eight count in the fifth and it was Reynolds who stopped a clearly tiring Trainor in the sixth.
It was a shame for the Warrenpoint banger as he was ahead on the referee’s scorecard.
Reynolds was happy to have finally got the job done.
“I am delighted to have got my hands on the title and it was a hard fight.
“I am a pressure fighter and I wanted to stay on him from the start, take his punches on my gloves and let him tire himself out.
“And thankfully I got the job done, but Trainor is a young lad and a good boxer and he will only get better.
“He caught me with a great shot in the fifth but I just kept on him and got the win,” he added.
And Belfast’s Daniel McShane won the first title of his career as he beat Zoltan Kovacs 79-72 on points for the vacant International Masters (Bronze) super-featherweight title.
McShane loves to brawl and fight but he showed on Saturday night that he can also box when he has to.
And ‘Insane’ was delighted to have won his first title as a professional.
“I hurt my right hand around the fourth round and I had to use my jab and box a bit more.
“I thought I fought well and I am over the moon. It’s a kids dream to win a title and now I will look forward to fighting at the Odyssey on October 19.
“I am back training tomorrow morning and looking for a better performance at the Odyssey,” he said.
And Paddy Gallagher had a great win as he stopped Jozsef Garai in the first round of their contest.
Gallagher had his opponent down three times in the opening round - the first of which was from perfect upper-cut.
And the Commonwealth Games gold medal winner was pleased with his night’s work.
“It was good to get a fight and that is the first time that I have stopped someone with a head shot. My body work usually stops people,” he added.
In the other fights on the night Joe Hillerby saw off Vaclav Polak on points, while Christina McMahon stopped Lana Cooper in the fifth round of their contest.
John Hutchinson was a points winner against Deividas Sajauka and Oisin Fagan stopped Andis Didzus in the second round.