Scottish-based Congan heavyweight Martin Bakole took a chance this weekend which potentially could have ended in further disaster.
Bakole, already ridiculed for trainer Billy Nelson’s predictions last year before a loss against Michael Hunter, seemed to be on a hiding to nothing in Poland against Mariusz Wach.
Not so for the former IBO Continental champion. Bakole shocked Wach in his own back yard at the Spodek in Katowice.
Rallying in the eighth round, Bakole managed to stop the former world title challenger. In the process, Bakole grabbed redemption for a tough six months.
Facing trolling and taunts on social media back in October, Bakole and Nelson saw their reputations take a hit.
Prior to trading blows Hunter at York Hall, Nelson had been seen in several videos labelling Bakole the next big top division star.
Nelson was adamant Bakole was up there with the best around. Sky-high predictions which included naming his man alongside Anthony Joshua, only to see his man humbled by a predominant cruiserweight in Hunter.
Hunter was well on top when Bakole suffered a shoulder injury. The boxer subsequently informed Nelson he wanted to quit.
Attempting to save face, Nelson told Bakole he could not pull out of the fight. This led to some criticism on Twitter and beyond.
Redemption has come swiftly for both Nelson and Bakole. Wach was taken out in their very next outing together.
Firmly back in the mix, Bakole may now be best-served trying to lure Hunter in for a rematch.
Should Bakole turn around that result, some of the highly-ranked contenders may take notice.
With the win, Bakole moves to 12-1.
Also on the bill, super middleweight Robert Parzeczewski took out one-time interim middleweight champion Dmitrii Chudinov in just two rounds.
Parzeczewski, 25, holds just one early loss on his record. The Czestochowa fighter managed to get the job done for a 16th stoppage.
Both bouts had the Republic of Poland International belts on the line.