DELPH’S Andy Kremner failed in his bid to become the ‘Ultimate Boxxer’.
After suffering the first defeat of his professional career, Kremner described himself as “gutted”, but has vowed to come back stronger.
Kremner lost a split decision to Sunderland’s Isaac MacLeod as eight undefeated welterweights were involved in the knockout at Manchester Arena.
When Kremner drew MacLeod, the former European youth gold and world junior silver medallist, it was regarded as the toughest quarter final.
McLeod was the clear winner of the first round, the second was even while Kremner stormed the last, hence the split-decision verdict.
A disappointed Kremner, who had previously won all nine pro fights, said: “I am better than that and could have started better, though I still thought I had done enough to win.
“Had it been a title fight, there would have been only one winner.”
Kremner believed his fight against McLeod should have been the final.
After fighting in December, March and April – more than in the previous two injury-hit years – Kremner won’t be easing up.
“I have been more active in the last few months than in a couple of years. Hopefully I can keep going and challenge for an area belt in the not-too-distant future,” he said.
It was a fascinating night’s boxing in which MacLeod was beaten in his semi-final against Leeds’ Tom Young who had been described in the pre-event blurb as the outsider.
The big-hitting Young floored McLeod twice in the first 75 seconds of the bout, forcing the referee to stop the contest.
Young failed to win the final as Northampton’s Drew Brown emerged a points victor to pick up a £16,000 winners’ cheque.