Charlie Williams has admitted his most recent experience of being on a Matchroom card has enabled him to improve as a fighter.
The Tamworth lightweight tasted the canvas in the first round at the Barclaycard Arena before digging deep to salvage a draw against fellow Brit, Josh Thorne.
Since May, the 23-year-old has won two fights in quick succession whilst picking up the Midlands Area title along the way.
Reflecting on his progression, Williams exclusively told World Boxing News: “If I’m being honest, it’s the best thing that could have happened to me. I was on the floor in the first round, and despite a lot of people saying it was a bad performance, at the end of the day I didn’t lose. It was a draw.
“It showed a lot on my behalf, to experience what happened in the first round, where I got back off the floor to get a draw displays a lot of character and think it says a lot about me,” he added.
Williams, a product from Eastside’s boxing gym, backed fellow gym mate and Brummie Sam Eggington to bounce back from his most recent defeat.
‘The Savage’ was on the wrong end of a split decision to Mohamed Mimoune and has now made the decision to move up to light-middleweight.
He said: “He had to move up you could see in the end it was killing him to make the weight and it’s never healthy for a boxer to do so if he can’t diet and have a good nutrition because of it. I had the same problem at super-featherweight, it was too much and since I’ve moved up to lightweight I feel a different fighter.
“We all know Sam has the talent.”
Reflecting on Birmingham’s rise in the sport, he concluded: “It’s a brilliant time, we have some fantastic boxers coming through around the region.
“We have Sam, Kal and the likes of Welborn and Craig Cunningham, who in my opinion hasn’t had the recognition nor the big fights he’s deserved since beating Anthony Ogogo.
“Hopefully there’ll be another event in Birmingham with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom. It’d be great to feature again.”
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95