ALISTAIR WARREN could push for a rematch or a crack at another Central area title after his controversial loss to Wayne Reed.
The Sheffield Southpaw collected the vacant super-middleweight crown by stopping the Huddersfield fighter, nicknamed Burt, in five rounds at Hillsborough.
Warren, his trainer Chris Aston and the travelling fans all disputed referee Howard Foster’s decision, which came as the tiring home man launched a desperate onslaught.
“Reed started the fight at full tilt and while the first couple of rounds were tight, he probably edged them both,” said Aston.
“But Burt then began to move through the gears and he was getting on top by the end of the fourth, when Reed’s legs looked to be stiffening.
“It was a crucial round, because we were wary of Reed having a last throw of the dice, and he did wobble Burt with a big right.
“Reed followed that up with a 20-second attack, but Burt soaked it up and regained the centre of the ring.
“Burt was pretty much inviting him to go for it by that stage, and while Reed landed a one-two around the jaw, there was no damage done.
“It was a big shock when the fight was stopped, and I firmly believe that had it been allowed to go on, Burt would have won.
“It’s a big disappointment, but Burt can take some positives, because he knows he deserves to be fighting at that level.”
It was a third defeat in 12 fights for the 25-year-old, who is a more natural middleweight and could push for a Central title tilt in that division.
“We’ll see what’s out there and make a decision over the next couple of months,” added Aston.
Jez Wilson is the current Central middleweight champion, having beaten fellow Sheffield fighter Liam Cameron at the Don Valley Stadium last month.