NOT to put too fine a point on it, Junior Witter was “rubbish” in his recent, ill-fated comeback fight.
“Yes, he boxed rubbish, it was a bad day at the office,” acknowledges Sheffield trainer Dominic Ingle.
“The referee let too much go - Junior was wrestled to the canvas and whacked with a body shot when he was there - but no excuses, Junior looked like he had been out for a year-and-a-half, which he had.” Ingle was brutally assessing Witter’s points defeat in Canada to Ontario-based Romanian Victor Puiu.
That was on February 19 - but what happens now for the former WBC world champion?
“Junior is getting older (32) and at some point age is going to catch you up,” admits Ingle.
“It doesn’t help when you have had two knee operations, either. Maybe after the level he’s previously reached he found it hard to be completely motivated in Canada - but sometimes when you lose it helps you realise where you are.”
Ingle said Witter had to decide whether to call it a day, continue challenging for a top spot or find a half-way house, possibly at British title level.
After ruling the world at light welterweight, two of those options won’t appeal to the South Yorkshire based stylist.
It’s “all up in the air” said Ingle. “But Junior was soon back in training after that defeat. Nobody has ever given Junior a pasting, if they had we’d be telling him to pack up. Before he went to Canada he was sparring with good, unbeaten kids from Manchester and beating them up.”
Only time will tell what decision Witter will take - but you can never take away one thing from him - he was champion of the world for 20 months.
Sheffield fireman ‘Smoking’ Jez Wilson, who has only had one professional bout in 11 month after a series of postponements, will fight on a Ricky Hatton show at Robin Park Centre, Wigan, in 11 days time.
Wilson, a fast-handed middleweight, has lost just once in his eight fight career.