It was not the way Carl Frampton wanted to bring down the curtain on a glittering career. The Belfast man was stopped in the sixth round by WBO world super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring in Dubai on Saturday night.
But students of the sweet science will prefer to remember another Saturday night, July 30, 2016, when Frampton beat the undefeated Mexican Leo Santa Cruz to take the WBA super-featherweight title.
The 12-round majority decision at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn made him Northern Ireland's first (and so far only) two-division world champion.
That puts him ahead of such august company as Freddie Gilroy, Dave McAuley and Barry McGuigan. He is already being spoken of as a future Boxing Hall of Famer. Most importantly, aged 34, he's retiring in good health - and with the thanks of a grateful city and country.