Derek Chisora started like a train but ran out of power as he dropped a split defeat to Joseph Parker.
Chisora sacked Parker after just seven seconds into the first round and although the kiwi recovered quickly, Chisora kept pushing the pace.
The Brit opened a useful advance in the first half of the fighting as Parker struggled to find his own rhythm when confronting the usurped Chisora.
With instructions from new coach Andy Lee, the former world champion began to work his way up to the match in the middle rounds as he narrowed the gap in the scorecards.
Parker continued to improve in the final third of the battle before getting a nod with scores of 113-115, 116-111, and 115-113.
On the bottom card, Katie Taylor kept her WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight titles after narrowly defeating Natasha Jonas in a thriller at the Manchester Arena.
After nearly nine years of unforgettable quarter-final showdown in London 2012, which Taylor won on his way to an Olympic gold medal, the Irish fighter once again triumphed in a 10-round match.
Ultimately, Taylor’s blissful speed and precise punches won the day, with one of the judges scoring the contest 96-94, while the other two gave her a 96-95 nod.
It was Jonas’ second consecutive defeat to the world title, who will likely get a little consolation from taking part in another fight that featured women’s boxing at its best.
Chris Eubank Jr.was back to middleweight against Marcus Morrison in his first fight under ring legend Roy Jones Jr.
And he put out a composed bid to outrun his rival in 10 rounds.
The son of the legend said: “He had hit him badly in the second round and maybe I could have ended the fight.”
“But I wanted tours. I wanted to use some of the things Roy Jones taught me. Try the instructions he’s been giving me.”
Craig Richards came short in his bid to win the WBA Lightweight Title after losing a unanimous decision to Dmitry Bevol.
The tallest Richards, who rose to world class after beating Shukan Peters for the British title in December, tried to establish some rhythm behind a jab, but his unbeaten Russian opponent was faster and smarter for most of the competition.
Bevol was able to rush in and out of range to take the most eye-catching shots even though he looked tired along the stretch, allowing Richards to rally for a powerful finish.
However, Bevol received the approval of all three judges with scores 118-110, 115-113 and 115-114 expanding his record to 18 victories from many fights while Richards suffered a second loss in his professional career of 19 fights.
There was a surprise defeat to James Tennyson who was KO’d in the first round by Jovanni Straffon.
And there were victories for Johnny Fisher, Campbell Hatton and Scott Fitzgerald.