Heavyweight David Howe suffered a major embarrassment last time he theatrically stepped over the top rope - his trademark entrance - into the boxing ring.
In front of a home crowd at iceSheffield he failed to master a fairly average opponent, lost his concentration and was KO’d in the second round.
Howe, all 6ft 8ins, of him knew he had to take a long hard look at himself. And he has done that, and after three months out of the ring, he’s ready to make amends.
He boxes on at Ponds Forge on Saturday on the undercard of Kid Galahad’s European title shot against Sergio Prado.
Howe, 33, said: “I’m looking forward to putting a good performance in and getting over the Christmas nightmare. I’m massively looking forward to rectifying that performance; I’m not making any excuses, a lack of preparation before the fight. I’d only been back in the gym for four weeks before that after having five months completely off from training and it’s a lesson learned. I definitely don’t want to be in a position like that again.
“In the heavyweight game you can’t take anybody lightly. For this one I’ve been consistently training and in the gym. Having had that time away and thinking I can just get in the ring with six weeks notice and only preparing four weeks before – I just got complacent.
“You can’t afford that in this game, if you do you’ll get caught and that’s what happened. They can expect to see a more polished and professional performance. This training camp has been a hell of a lot better.
“I’m looking forward to getting out there and as long as I get the win and put on a better performance that’s the main thing.”
n The MaxiNutrition Knockout second set of quarter finals are on the same show as Travis Dickinson boxes Danny McIntosh for the English light heavyweight title and Matty Clarkson fights Lee Duncan with the Central Area light heavyweight title on the line. Unreserved tickets are priced at £35, with ringside priced from £100. Call 0114 223 3777.