Motherwell boxer Iain Butcher is hoping for better things in 2015 after ending a frustrating 2014 on a low note with defeat to Csaba Kovacs in Sheffield.
Flyweight Butcher was under prepared after taking the fight at short notice and suffered an ear injury as he lost 58-56 on points to the heavier Hungarian.
He said: “I didn’t expect to be fighting again until March so I was just doing my own thing ticking over when I was asked to take the fight at super-bantamweight 12 days before.
“It didn’t look a tough fight on paper, so even though I wasn’t fully prepared decided to go ahead and then in the first round he perforated my ear which didn’t help.
“It was a bad night all round, I haven’t boxed that badly as a professional and even for a long time as an amateur, having said that I actually thought I’d still done enough to win, but it wasn’t the case.
“If we were to fight again I know I’d beat him, but there is no point in dwelling on it or making excuses.”
Butcher’s defeat moved him down to third in the British flyweight rankings, but is still confident of a British title shot, presumably against Luke Wilton on March 6.
He said: “I haven’t heard what is happening officially, as far as I know purse bids have to be in for January 16 for the British title, but it is expected Kevin Satchell will vacate.
“If he does then that sets up for me to face Luke Wilton, but it was expected he would vacate back in October when he won the European title so I’ll just wait and see.
“The rulebook states the title has to be defended every nine months, but it’s now 17 months since he faced me and he still has the belt, but I realise it’s all politics and some promoters are favoured more than others.
“I have only fought twice in 2014, so it’s been a frustrating year with a lot of time and money wasted on training camps for fights that ended up being cancelled.
“However, I just have to put this year behind me and concentrate on 2015 and finally getting the British title shot I feel I’ve been due for a long time.”