Ramla Ali suffered the first defeat of her professional career after she was counted out in the sixth round against Julissa Alejandra Guzman.
The 33 year old was unable to make referee Keith Hughes’ count at the Smoothie King Center after a devastating right hand from the Mexican in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Ali began the contest trading with Guzman as she looked to assert her authority, holding her feet in the centre of the ring.
The final 20 seconds of the third saw Guzman land clean with her right, a sign of what was to come as she continued to build momentum in the fourth.
Ali switched to boxing on the back foot in the fifth, a plan which appeared effective until another thunderous right planted her on the seat of her trunks in the final ten seconds.
More rights landed for Guzman in the sixth with Ali still feeling the effect of the knockdown in the previous round.
Manny Robles encouraged the latter to resist the temptation of trading with the Mexican in the corner but Guzman’s confidence continued to grow in the seventh with Ali unable to offset her opponent like she had done in the early rounds.
The pivotal moment came with 1:25 remaining in the eighth as a Guzman left hook landed flush, leaving Ali sprawled on her back in the centre of the ring.
The latter looked to muster the strength to climb back to her feet but was unable to make the count, drawing celebrations in the Guzman corner.
Elsewhere on the card, Regis Prograis made the first defence of his WBC super-lightweight title against Danielito Zorrilla in the main event.
The American dropped Zorrilla in the third before edging a close split-decision after twelve rounds.
Featured image: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing.