Bentham’s promising puncher Tomi Tatham admitted it felt “amazing” to be back in the ring on Saturday night.
The light-heavyweight returned after more than a year out with four-round points win over Mitch Mitchell on the VIP Promotions show at the Liverpool Olympia.
Tatham, known as TNT, moved to 6-1 with the 40-37 victory on referee Steve Gray’s card.
It was a long overdue comeback for the 25-year-old who suffered a first career loss to Lee Duncan in his last fight in November 2013 before finding out he had broken his right wrist.
He said: “It was amazing to be back.
“As soon as I stepped through the ropes I got a real buzz.
“I was a bit dubious about throwing my right hand (after the injury) so was a bit left-hand heavy but it felt solid when I threw it.
“I tried some of the things we’ve been working on in the gym in round two which we drew.
“I’m just pleased my wrist held up. With a big crowd as well it was a great experience.”
The Lincoln journeyman was Tatham’s third opponent of the week after two late pullouts with the Bentham bruiser having previously beaten Mitchell by knockout in his third pro fight.
It was a different fight second time around however.
He said: “The first time we fought we were both at the start of our careers.
“This time his experience really came into it.
“He was holding a lot and making sure he didn’t get stopped.
“To be fair he came at me in the second round and I think it made for a good scrap.”
Tatham is set for pro fight number eight on February 28 in Preston with his trainer Karl Ince and manager Steve Wood linking up for a show at Preston’s Guild Hall.
The Bentham man, who had 90 fans down in Liverpool, is hoping for a bumper following at a show that’s a little closer to home.
He said: “I want to thank everyone who came out to support me (in Liverpool).
“It’s a longer journey than usual so to have 90 people there was brilliant.
“In Preston we’re going to blow the roof off. Bentham and Lancaster will be taking over Preston.”