Luke Wilton showed guts galore tonight on the Frampton-Quigg undercard, but ultimately came out second best to Matchroom star Charlie Edwards.
The Belfast man lost out at the Manchester Arena on the undercard of the Frampton-Quigg PPV superfight in a clash for the WBC International Silver flyweight title that doubled as a British title final eliminator.
The 23 year old Edwards began fast, and had Wilton’s face reddened by the end of the first round with some sharp jabs.
Wilton began to come forward more in the second stanza but found himself on the end of some powerful uppercut counters.
Edwards started to load up more in third round, by which point WIlton was sporting a bloody nose.
The Ulsterman found some success in the forth with hooks on the inside, but still Edwards would take the round with his busier work.
The fifth round followed a similar patter with Wilton having some joy on the inside but always being outlanded and outworked by the Englishman.
Edwards began the sixth on top but Wilton, seemingly growing in confidence, clawed his way back into as the round progressed.
The seventh and eight saw Edwards begin to assert more control with the MGM fighter upping his already high output. Wilton hit the canvas in the eight but it was, correctly, ruled a slip.
With a huge lead in the bag, Edwards began to showboat in the penultimate stanza, but the 27 year old Wilton would continue to bulldozer forward throughout.
Needing a knockout, Wilton came out swinging in the final round, but Edwards stamped his authority and spent the majority of the round teeing off on the brave Wilton.
There was no doubt as the fight headed to the scorecards with all three judges awarding the bout to Edwards on a 100-90 scoreline.
The loss sees Wilton drop to 16(7)-5(1), while rising star Edwards improves his unbeaten record to 7(3).
Regardless of the result, Wilton will have impressed onlookers with his dogged display.