Stephen SIMMONS lost his WBC International Silver cruiserweight title to home favourite Jon-Lewis Dickinson in Newcastle.
It was the Capital fighter’s first career defeat since turning professional in 2011.
Simmons looked out of sorts before being stopped in the eighth round at the Metro Radio Arena.
The 30-year-old adopted his customary aggressive style from the first bell, landing the cleaner shots against his English opponent. But Dickinson gradually fought his way back into the contest and had a weary-looking Simmons in trouble in both the fifth and sixth rounds.
The bell did save the 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist in those rounds and, despite an improved showing in the seventh, Simmons was knocked to the canvas by a right hand from Dickinson in the next round that brought the contest to an end.
Dickinson said of Simmons afterwards: “He is a strong lad but we had confidence in the camp.”