Josh Warrington’s rematch with Mauricio Lara ended in a technical draw after the Mexican suffered a huge cut above his left eye following a clash of heads in the second round.
The doctor waved off the contest as Lara’s corner were unable to stem the bleeding from his gaping wound.
It was a major disappointment for both fighters after a pulsating start in front of a partisan crowd in Leeds.
Lara won their fight in February to take the IBF world featherweight title.
Looking to avenge his only professional defeat, Leeds-born Warrington was roared on by 20,000 fans at Headingley.
With a steely focus he seemed to be missing in their last meeting, Warrington landed a big right and then a combination close to the ropes in the opening round.
Lara withstood the early attack and fired back with a powerful right of his own as the bout began to heat up.
But with the fight not four rounds in, the contest had to be settled with a draw, as both fighters and the supporters left disappointed.
More to follow.