PATIENCE is a virtue, even in the frantic sport of boxing. Take journeyman Carl Wild.
After 32 fights and almost 160 rounds of pro fighting, during a modest Won 10, Lost 16, Draw five record, he won his first title in his home city of Sheffield.
He patiently outboxed Doncaster’s explosive James ‘The Slugger’ Tucker over 10 rounds to gleefully collect his first belt.
Tucker, if anything, had the better variety of shots. But they came only in ferocious early assaults in the third and fourth rounds.
For the rest of the Don Valley stadium contest, Wild, 25, picked him off with his longer-ranged jab, scoring point after point, eventually winning 99-92. The boxing binman emerged without a scratch and with a smile as wide as the running track outside.
“I honestly thought I was going to cry,” he told The Star. “It means that much to me, that was my world title. It’s one of the best moments in my life. All that running, training, all those knock-backs over five years, it was all worth it. ”
In a city which is still producing world champions, it might be easy to look down your nose at the Central Area light heavyweight prize.
But Wild said: “At my level - and there are more people at it than at the top - it is a big thing.”
The best scrap on Glyn Rhodes’undercard featured an intense and hyper-active Dave Fidler, 33, who became a pro last November and maintained the pressure throughout on middleweight Rick Boulter to win on points.
Daniel Slaney crafted a careful victory over opponent Elvis Dube, who had prevously won, lost and drawn to Wild.
An energetic Sam Sheedy announced his return to the ring - he’d been out for nearly two years with a hip problem - to beat light middleweight Ian Turnbull, of Northumberland.
And Afghan-born Sheffielder Monsoor Wali had a messy draw with Scunthorpe’s Steve Spence.