New Sheffield boxing champion Anthony Tomlinson has revealed he did not celebrate his win over steel city rival Jayce Dixon until he knew his opponent had recovered from the brutal knockout.
Paramedics took previously-unbeaten Dixon to hospital as a precaution, having put him in the recovery position and administered oxygen in the ring.
But the 35-year-old made a full recovery - positive news which The Star broke to Tomlinson on Saturday.
"I'm buzzing, that's wicked news" he said.
"You don't want to see an opponent leaving the ring on a stretcher. It was a devastating way to finish a fight.
"Afterwards, I didn't want to celebrate, I just went home and went to bed.
"I was worried, this is a tough game. And he has got a family and is a respectful kid.
"Before I have fought opponents who just do enough to get through. Jayce came to give it a go but I was always confident it would end in a stoppage.
"To be honest it could have been stopped earlier, I think he was showing distress, but he did start to come back so fair-does, the ref let it go on.
"He is cagey and unorthodox, you cannot train for a guy like him. Now I would shake his hand and wish him well."
Norfolk Park born Tomlinson, 27, - who is relocating to Doncaster to be nearer the Stefy Bull gym – says the newly-acquired Central Area welterweight title is a stepping stone to greater things.
"I am a humble guy and will fight anybody my manager puts in front of me.
“I have made promises and I can guarantee you I will be the British champion" said the father of three who has a record of eight straight wins.
"I am not going to stop until I get it."
On the same bill Steel City fighter Christian Kinsiona beat Harry Matthews for the Central Area Super Middleweight title.
Kinsiona, 28, posted on social media: "Just want to thank Grant 'miffer' Smith (his trainer) for believing in me. It’s such an honour to be part of his team. We did it! And the new!"
In an English super bantamweight title eliminator, Razaq Najib chalked up a fourth-round stoppage of Lincoln’s Bobby Jenkinson.
Another cracking fight on the Ryan Rhodes-Stefy Bull show at the Magna Centre, Rotherham, was an all-Sheffield affair at welterweight.
Muma Mweemba lost to Nathan Hardy after falling through the ropes at one point; the referee starting a 20-count to accommodate his return to the ring.
Mweemba, a smooth and agile competitor seemed to think he was hard done by, when the 58-55 result was announced.