Islington fighter beaten on narrow points decision after hand injury
PUBLISHED: 17:00 16 March 2016 | UPDATED: 17:00 16 March 2016
An early hand injury proved costly for Islington’s ‘Mustard Mike’ Peart as he lost his unbeaten record on a narrow points decision against Danail Stanoev.
The 29-year-old, who had won his three previous fights – including an earlier meeting with Stanoev – sprained his left hand during the opening stages of Saturday’s eight-round contest at York Hall.
The Bulgarian finished the fight strongly and edged the 77-76 decision from referee Kieran McCann to claim the vacant International Challenge lightweight belt.
“My team and I were and still are confident we did enough to get the win,” said Peart. “It just wasn’t my night but we will be back. My crowd and support were amazing.”
Both fighters began quickly, with a series of left jabs, and Peart – who was successful in making his opponent miss – rattled the Bulgarian with a textbook right hook in the second round.
Landing the more eye-catching punches, the Islington boxer appeared to be in control until the fifth round, when Stanoev upped his work-rate and went on to snatch the verdict.