LIAM Conroy has missed out on a chance to win the British light-heavyweight title as the Barrow boxer was knocked out by Hosea Burton on Friday.

Fighting in the final eliminator at the University of Bolton Stadium, Conroy was stopped in the sixth round after Burton connected with a left hook, leaving the 28-year--old on his knees, before rolling on to his back.

Conroy did try to get back up on his feet, but he was counted out by referee Howard Foster at 1:44 of the round.

Burton, who held the British title in 2016, had led from the start and ended the first first round with a solid right hand.

In the second round, Conroy was stunned by two overhand rights, but the Barrovian fought back in the third.

By the fifth round, Conroy seemed to be tipping the fight in his favour as Burton suffered a cut.

But 'The Hammer' re-established some distance from Conroy and was connecting with his long right again.

Burton then threw another right in the middle of the sixth round and followed it with a left hook to Conroy's head to win the bout.

The Newcastle man will now challenge current title holder Craig Richards.