SUPER-SUB Robert Lloyd-Taylor won the Prizefighter light-middleweight competition and a cheque for £32,000 - on a night when Blackpool boxer Jeff Thomas lost in the first stage of the knockout competition at York Hall, Bethnal Green in London.
Lloyd-Taylor, a 31-year-old heating engineer from Hayes, was only in the competition as a last minute replacement for JJ Bird, who fainted in the dressing-room before the tournament and was forced to pull out.
He beat Nick Quigley in the final to scoop the cash pot.
Thomas was involved in a real tear-up with Brentwood’s Kris Agyei-Dua in his quarter-final.
His explosive contest went to the three judges’ score-cards, who gave a majority draw, meaning the casting vote went to referee Terry O’Connor, who gave the nod in favour of Agyei-Dua by 29-28 over the three rounds.
There was no complaints from Thomas afterwards, who agreed with the verdict and said: “I don’t think I did enough to win it.”
However, Thomas, as big as 33-1 in the pre-tournament betting, looked as though he was on his way to victory after round one
He had his opponent down in the opening session, Agyei-Dua exposing himself to a peach of a left hook, which had him down for a count of eight.
Thomas could not press home his advantage in the next two rounds, which were dominated by the Essex man.
The 29-year-old from Blackpool was stung by a punishing combination and blood started to flow from his nose.
Thomas did well in the third to stay on his feet as he was on the receiving end of some stinging attacks, a short right being particularly damaging.