Blackpool boxer Brian Rose now knows that it is American Demetrius Andrade who stands between him and an historic world title.
Andrade conquered Armenian-born American Vanes Martiroysan on a split points decision at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas, to win the vacant WBO world light-middleweight title.
Rose is now next in line to take on former Olympian Andrade.
Southpaw Andrade suffered a knockdown in the first round as he walked on to a sharp left from his opponent.
Up until that juncture the muscular, well-toned Andrade, who looked a size bigger than Martiroysan, had bossed the round, so the mandatory eight-count came as a big shock.
Martiroysan came more into the contest, no doubt buoyed by having his man down so early in the piece.
George Foreman was among the boxing luminaries in the packed arena who saw Andrade gradually wear down his rival. Though boxing at a championship distance for the first time, Andrade finished much the stronger and his rival was very tired by the finish.
The fight went to the cards and surprisingly one judge had it 115-112 to Martroysan.
However, the other two arbiters had it 114-113, 117-110 to Andrade - a baffling divergence of opinion - though the right result was called in the end.
It will be a tall order for Blackpool hero Rose to inflict Andrade’s first career defeat, but not at all insurmountable on this evidence as he bids to become the first Blackpool fighter ever to win a world title.