That was the situation Sheffield’s Sam O’maison found himself in against a granite-hard Pole called Lukasz Janik at at Bramall Lane.
Ryan Rhodes’ super lightweight talent couldn’t stop the macho come-forward aggressor - even a wicked body shot in the third period of the six rounder didn’t slow him down.
“I underestimated him, he was one tough kid” said the 25-year-old. “The front of him was like a rock. Some kids I hit with those shots and they just fall to bits. I hit him with a straight one-two, I don’t know what he’s got at the front of his head but straight away I felt my hands burn up.
“I backed off started getting on my jab, but I was hitting him with some hard shots. He wanted more! So I thought I have to box him, if not I am going to get involved, potentially I am going to get caught. I did what I had to do to get the win.”
That victory was his 14th, although he acknowledges that only three times has he got in with rivals with a winning record. “I want to get in the mix, at 140 (pounds) there are some good fights out there.
“I want some good competitive fights and I feel like I perform better when I have got someone on a winning record like Andy Keates and Anthony Hardy.” O’maison said he intended to work his way to the top, domestically, this year.
He said there wasn’t anybody who could stand with him, over 12 rounds.
“I can box, I can fight, I can switch, I am fast I believe I am strong, so I can do it all, it’s just getting out there getting the right publicity, and showing what I can do.”
Also on the bill, Sheffield heavyweight David Howe never got to unleash any devastating shots on journeyman Tomas Mrazek from the Czech Republic, but eased to a four round win.
Bantamweight Loua Nassa recorded his eighth win, over Kuwait-born, Sheffield-based Anwar Alfadli on points.
Nassa’s best work was in the first round - four times he peppered his man on the ropes.
But Alfadi, bleeding from a head wound, went the six rounds.