Rival promoter Eddie Hearn has boosted the confidence of gallant Sheffield boxer Lee Connelly.
Connelly was beaten by Olympic gold medallist Luke Campbell at Hull Arena last weekend - but put up a stubborn, brave performance - something that has been his trademark over his short professional career.
Hearn was quick to praise the Killamarsh-born scrapper - who went back to work on Monday as a garage mechanic in Unstone.
Within minutes of the fight ending, Hearn said Connelly (W2 L6) represented the “back bone” of the sport. Since then, Hearn has gone further, offering him tickets for the Carl Froch v George Groves fight on November 23 and tweeting: “You’ll be back on a Matchroom show next year..in the home corner.”
Boxing manager Carl Greaves also described the lightweight as a “really hard man” and the victorious Campbell was quick to point out how much respect he had for him. Connelly, aged 26, has received nothing but praise for his come-forward style - and even the TV showboating of licking blood off his glove!
He tweeted: “Eddie is very kind and a real boxing fan as well as top promotor, nice to be appreciated for the effort & sacrifice.” He added he was now “back on the spanners.”
Meanwhile, Shiregreen southpaw Dave Fidler, 35, says he is wanting to learn new tricks from Ryan Rhodes, who is now training fighters.
Fidler fights Barnsley’s Lee Noble at Concord Centre on November 30.