Sam Webb poised for boxing comeback
Most of us have broken our New Year's resolutions by now but boxer Sam Webb is determined to keep his.
Webb's aim is to regain his British light middleweight title and he takes the first step on that quest when he faces Matthew Hall in a title eliminator at Wembley Arena next month.
Webb, 30, wants to make amends for an "unprofessional performance" when losing to Prince Arron last May, a defeat he's desperate to get out of his system.
He said: "I cried for two weeks after I lost the fight and I've never done that before, that's how much it hurt to lose.
"If I'd been beaten by a better fight then you could say fair play, but to be beaten by a bit of a prat makes it hard. I should have been more professional.
"It was my own fault. By the fifth round I was ahead and I hadn't expected that. I thought he would start strong and then find it harder later on. Without being disrespectful it was easy at the start, and I lost concentration and that was a lesson for me."
While Arron - who lost his first defence against Brian Rose last December - was not a fighter Webb rated highly, he has more respect for Hall, a 27-year-old from Manchester nicknamed Little Bull.
Webb said: "I've seen a lot of his fights and he's a good fighter. It's a hard fight to have for a comeback. Matthew did well in his last one, while I had one of my worst. It would have been ideal to have had a warm up fight first.
"I'm raring to get back in the ring and I still feel confident about my ability. The loss hasn't knocked my confidence. If anything I learned a lot from it and it will make me a better fighter."
Webb's delayed return was partly due to injuries sustained against Arron. A blow to the head in the fifth round of that fight did more damage than Webb thought at the time as he battled on before being stopped in the 12th.
He said: "My head was clear but my legs were like jelly and I couldn't balance. It wasn't like when you get a really good shot on the chin because I was still thinking straight. I just couldn't balance.
"It perforated my eardrum and that meant I couldn't go into the gym for two-and-a-half months afterwards. I couldn't even stand up for a month-and-a-half. It was worrying, but the doctors have given me the all-clear to come back.
"I'm fit again and looked after myself over Christmas, so I'm ready for Matthew Hall. It'll be great to be back."
Sam Webb v Matthew Hall is at Wembley Arena on March 16. For tickets call 0844 8150815.