IT takes a brave man to quieten a crowd of boisterous Glaswegian fight fans.
But Sheffield’s Christian Di Paulo certainly did the trick with his victory over the highly fancied Ritchie Hocking at Paisley Town Hall.
Di Paulo, who is a former MuayThai world champion, was in the first bout of his comeback from three-years without a fight when he travelled north of the border to take on Hocking.
Not only did Di Paulo pick up the win and the chance to compete for a WBC title, he broke his opponent’s leg into the bargain.
He said: “Hocking is the biggest name Scotland has ever produced so they were all expecting him to win.
“I got the knock-out with a kick that broke his leg. He was a tough lad and a good sportsman. When he went down you could hear a pin drop in the arena.”
Sheffield United fan Di Paulo, aged 33, from Handsworth is now lined up for another chance to become world champion next year.