Melton boxer Michael Robinson had to settle for a draw when he made his professional debut at the age of 38.
Robinson took on experienced former amateur Andy Pirrie, from Scunthorpe, at a venue off the A1 near Grantham.
It was a late change of opponent which meant the match was made at 70.7kg rather than the 68kg he had trained for.
But Robinson’s trainer, Mark Barlow, was impressed with his charge’s work.
“I was telling him to keep his distance in the final round and not get caught by any silly shots as Pirrie was getting desperate,” said Barlow, who has recently got his pro boxing trainer’s card.
“The ref made it a draw to everybody’s surprise because most people thought Michael had won.”
Robinson has started fast in the four-round bout, using his sharp left jab and straight one-two combinations.
He was on top for much of the fight thereafter.
Boxing training with Mark Barlow is at Melton Assassins Gym Mondays 6-7pm and Thursdays 8-9pm.