BOXING - it’s about respect, as much as anything else.
And there was plenty of that on display at Remembrance weekend in a small hall show at Bramall Lane.
Promoter/trainer Glyn Rhodes, like his own early mentor Brendan Ingle, demands decent behaviour and pride among his fighters.
And before the action began, his team and spectators showed they had held Joe Frazier in high esteem too, sparing a quiet moment of reflection for the American gladiator who passed away a week today, at 67, from liver cancer.
After the silence, came the noisier affair of combat.
The most interesting duel was between boxing binman Carl Wild and Derby’s Elvis Dube.
Wild had both beaten and lost to Dube in his last two battles and wanted to set the record straight.
Yet he made it too difficult for himself. With a height advantage and a much longer reach Wild might have been better off boxing him with a punishing jab.
Instead he indulged in a six round war, rarely stepping back to use his longer range asset.
The only time the 25-year-old light heavyweight extended his arm fully was to offer it to the ref at the end – but the official took both men’s mits and declared a highly unsatisfactory draw, from Wild’s point of view.
Another unusual sight to behold had been to witness Parson Cross super middleweight Wayne Reed BEFORE his bout with Iain Jackson, 32, of Brighton.
The confident 24-year-old was to be seen strolling around the tables at the dinner show munching on a bread roll.
His snack didn’t deprive him of his hunger: he polished Jackson off with a TKO 19 seconds into the second round.
Shiregreen’s David Fiddler also managed a stoppage, against Mauritius-born Nick Coret, 30, from Cleethorpes.
In an awkward southpaw encounter, 33-year-old Fiddler had his man on the canvas in the second round, but the ref ruled it had been a push.
The home middleweight always looked dangerous, particularly with uppercuts, and got his reward in the fifth when his superiority was so overwhelming that the ref rightly stopped the contest.
Afghanistan-born Monsoor Wali, 24, was on the right side of a points verdict against journeyman Lincoln’s Rick Boulter, 32, (who now has a won 1 + lost 14 record.) Boulter seemed angry about Sheffield Boxing Centre light middleweight Wali’s alleged use of his head in the bout but he couldn’t really complain about the result.