Bentham bruiser Tomi Tatham believes his latest setback will only make him stronger in the long run.
Having tasted defeat for the first time in his professional career back in November the light heavyweight has now learnt he has a broken hand - an injury that dates back to before the loss to Lee Duncan.
It was a problem that the 24-year-old originally ignored before learning it would rule him out of his ring return at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens on March 29.
The former Skerton ABC fighter, whose record reads 5-1 with three knockouts, said: “Before my last fight I had a fall when I was out running - that’s the only thing I can put it down to.
“When it came to hitting the bag my wrist started swelling up.
“I didn’t get it checked out because I had a fight coming up,
“But it all makes sense now because it showed in my last fight.
“I was pulling the right hand in the fight and every time I landed it hurt.”
That doesn’t mean the man known as TNT is making any excuses for his first loss, far from it.
Tatham instead intends to use the six-round points loss to Duncan, from Sheffield’s Ingle Gym, to make sure he never has that losing feeling again.
He said: “I think I’d got a bit complacent with the winning. Especially getting knockouts in my first three fights.
“It gave me a wake up call.
“No-one likes to lose but at least I’ve done it early on in my career and not in a big fight.
“I’ve tasted defeat and don’t want to feel it again.”
Tatham was due to see a consultant on Wednesday to learn the full extent of injury.
But he won’t let it completely stop his work on coming back better than ever when he does finally return to the ring.
Tatham said: “I was hoping it was going to be a big comeback.
“I’ve been in the gym five days a week for the last couple of weeks trying to give it my all to come back even stronger.
“It’s disheartening but I’ll still be going to the gym, going running and working the bag with one arm to keep up my fitness.
“It’s going to be a hard few months because I can’t work and earn money.
“But it’s one of life’s stepping stones.”