Chatham's super-middleweight Danny Shannon (6-8-1, 2KOs) had to retire in the sixth round against top prospect Umar Sadiq (9-1, 6KOs) on December 14 at the York Hall on a British Warriors Boxing event.
Managed by Joe Elfidh, "The Cannon" accepted the fight with just a week's notice, but couldn't make it out of his corner for the penultimate round after suffering a debilitating hand injury.
The Kent puncher, trained by Ray Askew and Sam Latham at the Invicta Gym in Sheerness, commented the following morning after his 15th fight, "I was really happy I took the fight, even though I never won.
"I took the fight, which was out of my comfort zone, but I feel very proud of my performance. I got knocked down in the second round but I got back up and managed to fight my way through to the sixth round."
The away fighter stayed switched on throughout the contest and managed to get to the home fighter in round four when he wobbled him slightly with a temple shot, courtesy of a heavy straight right hand when Sadiq's hands were low.
"I nearly put him over in round four, but as for my hand, I've been in and out of the doctor's for months with my hand injury, I never let it heal, but respect to him, he was a grat fighter and he made me work. I wish him all the best."
Shannon was the first ever signing for Joe Elfidh's JE Promotions back in 2014. The promotional outfit began in Kent, but has now expanded to Luton, East Midlands and Yorkshire and has amalgamated it's different sections to form Boxing Connected. This weekend, at the heavyweights version of Ultimate Boxxer, Boxing Connected's Mark Bennett reached the finals against overall winner Nick Webb. Bennett became the third boxer from Boxing Connected to reach the tournament finals after Maidstone's Lenny Fuller and Medway's Grant Dennis.
Shannon's promotional stablemate Martin Hillman (13-6) was also in action on the same show and managed to secure a 58-56 points win over talented journeyman Ricky Leach (3-50-1).
The main event on the night Quaise Khademi (8-0) defeated Pedro Matos by unanimous decision - 96-94,96-93, 95-95 - to land the WBO European super-flyweight title.
Former British champion Johnny Garton (23-2-1) and highly-rated Harley Benn (6-1) both won their respective fights on points.
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