Boxer Carl Wild was “heart broken” after a referee stepped in to halt his first fight in two years, after just two rounds.
The 29-year-old Sheffield light heavyweight had returned to action two years after a broken hand injury.
He was pinned to the ropes by North Yorkshire’s Tomi Tatham - but the Crookes man had been planning to try and get his opponent to wear himself out.
The referee, however, felt Wild was not returning fire and stepped in to award a technical knock-out to Tatham
Wild’s trainer, Glyn Rhodes said: “I think the referee made a huge mistake there - and I am not on my own.
“Jamie Moore was there and he also thought Carl knew what he was doing - just letting the kid blow himself out.
“The punches weren’t getting through, they were striking Carl’s arms and gloves.
“When the ref stepped in Carl was heartbroken. After two years out he deserved better than that” said Rhodes.
“Tatham is a decent prospect, but he has lost to Lee Duncan and isn’t anything that special.
“Carl was devastated but I told him it is no good leaving boxing after that - it wasn’t a proper result, the fight hadn’t even started properly. It was completely unsatisfactory”
It was Wild’s 42nd professional appearance and left him with a W14 L24 D 5 record.
Sheffield Boxing Centre has their two top fighters out on November 21 at the Magna Centre, Sam Sheedy and Jez Wilson, who hopes to take the English middleweight title off Dronfield’s Lewis Taylor.
Meanwhile Atif Shafiq celebrated his Saturday night Sheffield Arena win over the aggressive Jamie ‘Ginger Rocket’ Robinson by posting on twitter: “Being tough doesn’t win fights.”
Shafiq said the had felt in control during the eight-round points win, but said he burned up to much energy celebrating an early knock-down of a rival who had taunted him, beforehand.
The Rotherham man (W14 L1) said that after a number of ‘learning fights’ he was now ready to go back in the Ingle gym and ascend the ladder towards a title. Shafiq, 21, said he would be happy to fight Bolsover’s Robinson, 24, again, preferably for an English light welterweight title.
Robinson tweeted: “After a good chat with the gaffer (Ryan Rhodes) can’t wait to get back in the gym and work on loads new things to improve my game.”
World champion Kell Brook, who missed out on the event through injury, said the scrap between the pair “saved the show.”