Hawick welterweight Jack Purvis lost a unanimous decision to Glasgow’s Reece Porter at Bishopbriggs on Sunday.
The defeat brought the 17-year-old’s seven-fight winning streak to an end but Purvis is keen to do it all again with the Rob Roy club boxer.
In a close first round, both boxers landed heavy shots and a cracking left hook from Purvis rocked Porter towards the end of the round.
The second round saw more of the same with both fighters scoring with heavy shots to both the head and body but towards the end of the round the heavier Glasgow boy began to assert himself catching Purvis with some stininging right uppercuts.
The third was bruising toe-to-toe stuff with neither boxer giving an inch and following a disputed knockdown with 30 seconds to go, Purvis got to his feet and took the fight to Porter until the bell.
The large home crowd showed their appreciation for what must have been a contender for bout of the afternoon.
The judges called it for Porter and speaking to the Hawick News this week, Purvis, who won his second Scottish novice title last month, said: “I have no complaints. It was a tough fight and he was very strong and that made a huge difference. It’s my first defeat and in a way it is a bit of a relief. I can now concentrate on boxing and improving rather than remaining undefeated.
“I enjoyed the fight and hopefully my coaches will be able to make a rematch at some point this season.”
Coach and father Colin Purvis added: “Jack boxed very well against an extremely strong lad. There are no negatives. He’ll improve from this and will keep busy in the run-up to the intermediate and eastern district championships in the new year.”