It is never a good sign for a boxer when you punch an opponent’s head - and it feels like you have just made contact with a breeze block.
But that’s how Sheffield’s Jerome Wilson felt, when he landed blows on locally-based rival Serge Ambomo.
It was a tough day at the office for Wilson - he lost the fight in what he considers a dodgy points decision.
But despite the painful outing in May, he is up for a repeat performance - and the pair will get it on again, at iceSheffield on September 12.
Wilson, 29, explained: “I have never hit anything as hard in my life, as his head. It’s weird!
“But it was an epic fight for the paying public - they gave us a standing ovation at the end - and it will be again next time.”
Ambomo was given a count after touching down in the first round, but Wilson went down in the third, for the first time in a professional career which now stands at won eight (KO 2) lost two.
Wilson, who lives in Arbourthorne, is planning on avenging the loss. He said: “Serge is like a trapped lion, but I will fight anybody they put in front of me and fighting Serge again doesn’t faze me at all.
“I had been preparing to fight Sam O’Maison last time, he pulled out, then Junior Witter - and he did the same, so when it turned out it was Serge, I didn’t now much about him.
“He is raw - a rough and ready type and I made the mistake of fighting his fight, rather than my own.
“For the first time I stood my ground and, in my opinion, edged it by landing the cleaner punches.
“But we are both hungry fighters. He will be training harder and I am for this next one. I have got a point to prove, if I am going to achieve anything in this sport, I have to beat people like Serge.”
‘Wipeout’ Wilson was a late starter; he turned professional at 25, after a modest amateur career.
* Wilson is sponsored by Motus Exec International Logistics Recruitment, La Farge Tarmac, CLL Solicitors amd Ace Janitorials.
* Sheffield’s Kell Brook has a new date to focus on, for his world title challenge with Shawn Porter. The USA bout appears to have been shifted from August 9 to the 16th.