Boxing binman Carl Wild may have lost his much treasured Central Area title.
Yet the Sheffield warrior has enhanced his reputation, despite losing his belt over 10 torrid rounds.
The Walkley light heavyweight was outpointed by Lancastrian Matty Clarkson in a blooody battle in Manchester.
Such was the scale of Wild’s contribution - on away territory - show promoter Dave Coldwell sent a message to Wild’s trainer Glyn Rhodes.
“Thanks very much to Carl, yourself and your team for putting on a great show last night mate” he wrote on Facebook.
“If there were more kids like Carl that are willing to fight anyone anywhere the game would be even better for the fans. True pros, great fight.”
He added: “Carl is one of the games genuine tough guys. Always turns up to give the house fighter a real fight and plenty of problems.”
Preston trainer Johnney Roye added: “Massive thank you to Carl Wild for coming into our back yard to defend his title against Matty, not many boxers do that. It’s people like you that makes boxing, not super stars.”
Rhodes said the fight deserved to be on TV. He added there was on criticism of the result, the fighter accepting it in a sporting manner. Rhodes described Wild as a true pro.
Simon Shenton added on the social website: “Carl’s got a heart of a lion.”
Wild, aged 27, had been fiercely proud of winning his first ever title, in March last year.
He defended successfully against Edlington’s John Anthony before losing to Clarkson. Now he’ll be hoping for an opportunity to get it back.
Wild has a won 14, lost 22, drawn five record over seven years.
Meanwhile, arguably Sheffield’s best young prospect, Kid Galahad, fights this weekend.
The 23-year-old WBC International super bantamweight title holder has been out of action since December. But he returns at the Bluewater, Kent on Saturday against bantamweight Isaac Nettey, from Ghana.
n Look out on our www.thestar.co.uk/boxing for a last round video of Killamarsh lightweight Lee Connelly’s points win over Kris Davey, of Chesterfield.