KIRK Goodings can bounce back from his stunning defeat in Manchester on Saturday.
That’s the verdict of his manager Phil Jeffries after watching the Wearsider get stopped inside the first round of his English lightweight title defence against Scott Cardle.
The Lytham boxer had Goodings down after just 18 seconds and the fight was was stopped just 28 seconds later after Cardle pressed home his advantage in ruthless style.
“Kirk was caught cold with a lucky punch,” said Jeffries.
“It can happen to anyone. It happened to Amir Khan – it’s just one of those things; it’s what makes boxing exciting.
“But he’s still a young lad and there’s plenty still to come from Kirk.
“He’s lost the title, but we’ll just have to get it back again.
“He had an excelelnt 12-week training camp and everything was looking good. Everyone was saying it’s a 50-50 fight and I thought Kirk would win.
“He’s obviously very disappointed and he felt bad for all the fans that went over to support him.
“But he’s different class and I’m sure after a rest he’ll bounce back.
“We will give it a few weeks and then discuss what the next move will be for him.”
Elsewhere on the bill, Scott Quigg defended his WBA super-bantamweight title against Stephane Jamoye.
The Bury man said he would floor the Belgian with a body shot and in the third round he put him down with that very weapon.
Jamoye was unable to recover and the bout was called off, with Quigg sending the perfect message to domestic rival Carl Frampton.
Anthony Joshua also extended his professional record to eight knockout wins from eight as he demolished Konstantin Airich in the third round.