Birmingham super-flyweight Don Broadhurst insists his defeat in the final of the latest Prizefighter series shows his career is back on track.
Broadhurst, 27, was out-pointed by British champion Lee Haskins, the same man who took the Erdington fighter's Commonwealth title in December 2009.
"Obviously Lee's the best in Britain but I haven't fought for a year and I can come back," Broadhurst told BBC WM.
"I still think I can have a good career in boxing, I'm far from finished."
Broadhurst was fighting for the first time since September 2010 in the knockout tournament at Liverpool's Olympia and was a comfortable winner in his quarter-final against Usman Ahmed.
His semi-final against Liverpool's Mike Robinson was decided on a split decision.
Haskins dominated the three-round final, dropping Broadhurst twice in the second round before closing out a convincing points win.
"The better lad on the night won, it was the first time I've been put down in my life but I showed character to get up and fight to the end," Broadhurst said.
"He's effective at what he does and I think he could go on to bigger and better things, he's so awkward."
Despite the setback, Broadhurst is targeting an immediate return to the ring and hopes his promoter Frank Warren can make that happen.
"It's not up to me it's up to my promoter, hopefully I'll fight again this year.
"The ball's in his court, I'm ready to fight as soon as possible."