BOURNEMOUTH middleweight Matty Legg insisted his points defeat to Danny Butler had not halted his ambition to secure titles in the future.

Legg was beaten 98-91 on the scorecard when competing for the Southern Area crown on Saturday, despite knocking down Butler during the final round in Bristol.

And while the 24-year-old fighter expressed his respect for his opponent, he claimed he would get back in the ring with Butler instantly if given the opportunity.

Quizzed on his future plans after the setback, Legg told the Daily Echo: “I want to get straight back in there.

“I would get back in there again with him for 10 rounds if I could. I want to win some titles.

“I will probably try to have a six-round fight before Christmas just to tick over, then, hopefully, fight for the Southern Area title again in February or March.”

Asked for his thoughts when he put the eventual winner on the canvas, the Bournemouth boxer replied: “As soon as the shot connected and he went down, I thought ‘wow’ and thought the win was happening.

“A lot of other people wouldn’t have got back up from that, definitely not.

“But I wasn’t that busy – that was what lost me the fight.”