Paul Butlin received plenty of credit from boxing fans and media pundits alike after a points defeat to up-and-coming German heavyweight Franz Rill on Friday.
Canadian-born Rill had secured six knockouts in his spotless nine-bout record going into Friday’s contest in Stuttgart which was screened by Box Nation and shown live on Germany’s version of Sky Sports.
But the Melton professional boxer was not there to add to that tally and took the home fighter all the way through eight rounds.
He said: “Box Nation interviewed me and described me as an old school fighter. It has only taken them 13 years to work that out!
“I will fight anyone and I don’t just go for the pay; I always try to win.
“It was a tough fight, but I enjoyed it. Everyone was friendly and they treat you well over there.”
The 39-year-old took the bout at just two weeks’ notice after previous attempts to box in England fell through.
Butlin was cut in the third round against Rill, an injury which has ruled him out of his next scheduled match next month.
But he has already been offered a fight in Russia on the back of last weekend’s performance and could also fight on the same bill as the upcoming world title showdown between Wladimir Klitschko and Tyson Fury in October.
“I am always fit, but my timing was off and I was a bit heavy because I only had two weeks to try and shift it,” he added.
“I could have done with more sparring and need to up my runs. I missed two cardio sessions because of work.”
The fight against Rill, a former lumberjack, came on the same bill as the European title clash between David Price and Erkan Teper.
The Liverpudlian suffered a surprise second knockout defeat.
Butlin said: “I thought Price would batter the German guy, but he didn’t.
“Anthony Joshua would take them all out. He needs to fight this German kid.
“I had two week’s training for this and Rill could hit hard, but couldn’t take me out.
“I trained for 10 weeks before the Joshua fight and he took me out in two rounds – that’s the power difference.”