Welsh bantamweight Matthew Edmonds failed in his bid to claim the Commonwealth title on Saturday.
Matthew Edmonds was stopped in the ninth round by Jason Booth
The 23-year-old was stopped in the ninth round by Jason Booth, the former IBO and British flyweight champion, who claimed the vacant belt.
It was Edmonds sixth professional bout but he pushed Booth hard until he ran out of steam in the ninth, having never fought more than six-rounders before.
Victor Booth's record is now 28-5, with Edmonds dropping to 5-2.
Former Commonwealth Games competitor Edmonds had taken the fight on 72 hours notice although he had been in training for a British title eliminator.
But the heart he showed at the Robin Park Centre, Wigan, against Nottingham-based Booth, 30, bodes well for the rest of Edmonds' career.
Edmonds, a four-time Welsh ABA champion, turned professional in July 2006 and had a perfect 5-0 record until last October, when he lost a six-round decision to Scotland's Kris Hughes.
A product of St Joseph's ABC, Newport, Edmonds is promoted out of Chris Sanigar's Bristol Boxing stable.