You have to be tough to be a boxer.
But they broke the mould in Sheffield’s Carl Wild.
He has been boxing for three years and 17 fights...all with a broken hand!
Wild, a binman by trade, has now undergone an operation but does not know for sure whether it will knit together sufficiently to carry on with the sport he loves.
But if he gets the medical all-clear, then he’ll go up a weight and campaign at cruiserweight.
Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk, Wild said: “I boxed Menay Edwards in (June) 2010 and broke my hand in that fight. I have been fighting with a broken hand for coming up three years! I have been taking strong pain killers to get through.
“I won my Central Area light heavyweight title (March 2012 against James Tucker) and defended it (against Doncaster’s John Anthony, September same year) with a broken hand.”
Addressing the issue of possible lasting damage, the 27-year-old said: “I wish I hadn’t done it (fighting with fracture) but boxing is one of those sports where you have to take those opportunities when they come. I fought at Wembley (Arena) against Enzo Maccarinelli (Wild was TKO’d in the final round.)
“I am not saying I would have done anything spectacular in that fight if I’d had two good hands but I would never have got that opportunity again.”
Wild said he knew that he had suffered fracture, but carried on until his last fight, when he surrendered his area title to Matty Clarkson.
“Now I have got a titanium plate in my hand - I had asked for a horseshoe to be put in it” he joked.
“Hopefully I will be back in April, May time, touch wood,if I can box again, which I really hope I can.
“I cannot make twelve and a half stone any more so I am going to move up to cruiserweight” said Wild, who has a won 14 (KO 1) + lost 22 (KO 6) + drawn 5 = 41 record.
* Carl Greaves will stage an 11-fight show at the Metrodome, Barnsley on March 7. Sheffield’s Jon Ibbotson, who hasn’t boxed since 2011 is due to make a comeback.