Jason Quigley's incredible unbeaten record was brought to an end as he had to settle for silver at the AIBA World Championships after defeat to Zhanibek Alimkhanuly in their middleweight decider this morning.
The Finn Valley boxer saw his astounding winning streak since joining the senior ranks of 32 wins come to an end thanks to a polished performance from the Kazakh fighter.
There was little to separate the fighters coming into the final with both joint seventh in the world rankings but Alimkhanuly looked fresher as he didn't have to fight yesterday and he won on a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 unanimous decision.
The reigning European champion was plotting unchartered territory for an Irish boxer today and couldn't get the better of Alimkhanuly, the 2013 Asian champion, on his home turf in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The Kazakh edged a cagey first round which saw Quigley dropped to the canvas for a standing count and all three judges sided with Alimkhanuly.
The 22 year old from Donegal was much more competitive in the second round with some stinging shots with his right hand but the southpaw landed a lot of his own and again won the round with all three judges.
Quigley deserves huge credit for a spirited final round performance where one judge gave him the nod but it wasn't to be.
Quigley became the first male Irish boxer in history to claim a silver medal at the World Championships.
"It was just a shame that I couldn't go that step further. It's been a dream of mine from day one," an emotional Quigley said after the fight.
"I'm absolutely honoured to be the first ever Irishman to get this far. I give my life to this sport.
"I knew before I got in there that he was a good lad. When you come to these championships you want to come away and look back and be happy. If anybody said to me that you're going to win a medal out here I'd have taken the arms off them.
"To get to the final and get beat by a lad like that, a top class operator. He beat some good lads on his way to the final as well. It is just heartbreaking.
"I'll probably go away and look at things and see the positives but it's hard."
Billy Walsh added: "I can't ask anymore.
"He had five very tough fights in this competition, the semi-final was a grueller and to have to come back less than 24 hours later to do it again where his opponent hadn't. That was a telling factor.
"I could see the fatigue in his punches but he went to the soles of his boots and hats off to him, he's a true legend.
"We wanted to bring back that gold medal but we'll have to wait another while."
Mayo’s Ciara Ginty is also in Almaty to accept the Best World Boxer of the Year Award in the Junior Women’s class tonight.