British lightweight champion Martin Gethin’s world title hopes were dashed when he was stopped in the seventh round by Panamanian Ammeth Diaz last night in an IBF title eliminator at the Walsall Town Hall.

Diaz is a quality operator and was just too much for Gethin who tried his best but just couldn’t get to grips with his tough opponents style and ring experience. The local man was cut early on after a fast start from Diaz who’s jab was the punch that he dealt his other quality shots from behind, with aggressive effect.

Gethin fought back after falling behind in the first few rounds and landed some good shots of his own, especially in the 5th round, when Gethin appeared to trouble Diaz. But the away fighter was wiley, composed and all business and he soon took grip of the fight again.

Gethin had to take a knee in the sixth and was again on the canvas in the seventh, taking an eight-count from referee Howard Foster.

The Black Country boxer, got up and bravely fought back but Diaz landed another hurtful left forcing Gethin to take a knee again and this time Foster counted him out

“Credit to Diaz, he’s a very good fighter,” said Gethin. “He can punch and my ear was perforated in the fifth and it knocked me and the game-plan went out of the window to an extent.

“It’s all come very quickly – I only won the British title in my last fight – so my head isn’t dropping too much.”

view undercard results from Walsall here.