Marcel Braithwaite failed in his efforts to clinch two titles as he took on a late-notice assignment.

The Liverpool super-flyweight, who has been in with current IBF world champion Sunny Edwards and former European champ Jay Harris so far in his career, was in action at the Town Hall in Dudley, West Midlands.

Braithwaite accepted the fight on just three weeks' notice following the withdrawal of Kaisy Khademi due to injury. It was sanctioned by the British Boxing Board of Control just last week and it was competitive throughout.

It was Birmingham's Ijaz Ahmed opposing him on Friday night, exclusively live on the BCB Promotions YouTube channel, and the vacant British and Commonwealth baubles in the 115-pound division were up for grabs.

Ahmed, the local fighter, had varying spells of success in the middle rounds, landing flurries of shots against the heavy-hitting 'Chosen One', who began to tire towards the back end of proceedings.

But it was the Scouser who had the better of the exchanges for the most part against 'Jazzy', who had been set to meet the aforementioned Khademi for a fourth time, with the first three outings being a majority decision win in his favour and two split draws.

Ahmed was behind going into the championship rounds after a confident start to the contest from the away fighter and he chased it down until the end, getting the better of a number of exchanges during the fight.

However, the silkier boxing of Marcel — who looked fresher at the end of the fight than in the early stages — ensured he believed he had done enough on all three judges' scorecards.

Tallies of 114-115, an inexplicable 117-111 and 114-114 were handed in by the three ringside judges and a draw was called.

It wasn't just the titles that were on the line this evening, it was the opportunities that could come off the back of a win for both fighters and surely now both will be calling for the clash to happen again.

Elsewhere on the card, Liam Gould moved to 3-0 with a straightforward points victory over Bulgarian opposition.

The Coseley man, 24, was in against Petar Aleksandrov, who has boxed the likes of Sean McComb, Harlem Eubank and Jack Rafferty.

Zach Evans made his professional debut against a man who was at the other end of the scale in the squared circle. 

The ex-kickboxer, who works with his partner at a local scaffolding company, had MJ Hall in the opposite corner to him.

Hall, a veteran on the B-side of UK shows, was making his 100th appearance in the paid ranks and had limited success as Evans, the welterweight based in Droitwich, eeked out all four and secured a 40-36 shutout decision.

And Ryan Griffiths kicked off his professional career in style with a more-than-competent display on his debut.

The former white-collar fighter boxed in front of a raucous support as he outclassed journeyman Paul Cummings over four rounds to earn a 40-36 decision.

But there was disappointment as one of the title fights, a vacant Midlands Area super-featherweight crown clash between Ameen Khalid and Joe Underwood Hughes, was lost due to the latter withdrawing at late notice after suffering an injury.