Boxing binman Carl Wild is relishing his new nickname - The Gatekeeper.
The 6ft 2ins Sheffield scrapper was given the new moniker after his 44th bout - a points defeat to unbeaten prospect Ricky Summers in the West Midlands.
“I got quite a lot of recognition from my last fight” he said.
“I got called The Gatekeeper of the light heavyweight division. In other words you get passed me and you go on to good things. I am quite happy with the tag, it’s a decent nickname, better than journeyman!”
Wild (W14 L25 D5) is awaiting his next challenge, again away from home, and again a British challenge belt against a fighter with a clean record who is deemed to be on his way up.
His July 16 opponent is Dec Spelman (W7 L0)in Scunthorpe.
“If boxing for a title can’t get you up I don’t know what can” says Wild, who has more than his fair share of ups and downs since turning professional at the Grosvenor Hotel, Sheffield, in 2006.
“If I lose it I will still carry on doing what I am doing. While ever this fire is burning I am going to keep on doing what I am doing.
“I am still very competitive, boxing a good level all the time, against people who are striving, unbeaten kids.”
Wild admits there were times when he lost his connection with the sport.
“I do get disheartened by bad decisions bad luck, bad referees. I never moan about decisions, sometimes feel a bit hard done-to but boxing is what makes me what I am.”
He admitted being KO’d by Derby’s Adie Whitmore in 2008 temporarily took the wind out of his sails.
The experience “haunted” him and made him question his commitment.
But Wild said most of the rivals who have beaten him come from the top 10 strata of Britain’s domestic rankings, the likes of Matty Clarkson, Enzo Maccarinelli and Bob Ajisafe.
Now the 30-year-old is advising young prospects at Hillsborough’s Sheffield Boxing Centre to try and get a consistent following of ticket-buying fans, so they don’t have to box on the road as much as he has.