Scott Quigg and Rendall Munroe’s highly anticipated WBA interim super bantamweight battle at the Manchester Velodrome ended in disappointment as Munroe was forced to withdraw after an accidental clash of heads.
The Leicester born pugilist was injured inside the opening seconds of the third round after a competitive pair of opening sessions had seen both men push their credentials as the best super bantamweight in the country.
The technical draw sees Quigg (24-0-1) and Munroe (24-2-1) face the prospect of a rematch later this year, however due to the severity of the cut to Munroe’s eye, a date for such a clash is unclear.
The winner could, finally, be slated to face undefeated prospect Carl Frampton. Frampton extended his own unbeaten run with a workmanlike points win over Raul Hirales on the undercard of the Carl Froch- Lucian Bute fight last month.
Elsewhere on the card Ryan Rhodes saw his dreams of becoming a two-time European light-middleweight champion dashed as he suffered a seventh round stoppage at the hands of undefeated Sergey Rabchenko.
Rhodes, 35, recovered from an indifferent start to rock his Belarussian foe in the fourth before sucumbing to a lethal left hook to the body in the seventh.
The Sheffield born two-time world title challenger (46-6) may now contemplate retirement having lost two of his previous three fights.