Jason Easton suffered the first defeat of his professional career as he was stopped late in the 11th round by Englishman Glenn Foot.
However, there was greater concern over the IBO Intercontinental and Celtic super-lightweight champion’s health after ringside paramedics rushed to assist Easton, who lay stricken on the canvas.
After receiving some oxygen, the 26-year-old was able to return to his feet but was inconsolable as he left the arena. Easton spent the night in hospital under observation but he did manage to post a message on social media providing an update on his condition.
He said: “I’m doing fine. I had a CT scan and everything came back okay. I’m just absolutely devastated and heartbroken how the fight went. I was nowhere near my best but I will bounce back and I will be champion. I made some mistakes, there was a lot of personal stuff going on with my body during the fight, which I am not going to say too much about because it will sound like I am making excuses, which I’m not because Glenn Foot is a great fighter.”
In truth, Easton was never in the contest and looked a fraction of the boxer who had reeled off 11 straight wins. Foot’s celebrations were scaled down given the way the contest ended but he is the new Commonwealth champion. The Capital fighter, meanwhile, will take some time off to assess his options going forward.