e closest Lewis Taylor has come to a defeat in professional boxing was a drawn fight back in September - and that was close enough.
The tie with Adam Jones at the Octagon was enough to make the Dronfield middleweight take a fresh look at himself.
Slight tweaks in his training and the advice of a nutritionist led him to feeling better, sharper and more determined than ever to land a decent title.
His technical decision victory over Jonson McClumpha at Hillsborough this month certainly helped that aim; it was an eliminator for the English title.
The 24-year-old expects to be on another Octagon bill on February 21 and then hopefully pursue the vacant English belt, against the winner of February 28 showdown between Leeds’ Damon Jones (who beat Sheffield’s Tyan Booth earlier this year) and Stafford’s Grant Cunningham. Both are undefeated so far.
Unbeaten Taylor, who turns 25 in January is revved up for the task after a W15, D1 career.
“McClumpha admitted after the fight that I’d had his number and I felt I would have stopped him had there not been an accidental clash of heads” he said.
“I felt good throughout the fight, I didn’t feel tired at the end of rounds despite fact they were intense and I caught him with a load of shots.
“My preparation had been improved because when I drew with Jones it felt like I had lost and I didn’t want to go through that again. I went straight back in the gym and started a new diet under the guidance of a nutritionist.
“Fighting for the English title is the start for me, I want to fight better opponents and go from one title to another.
“Technically I have been working hard on moving more, getting my shots off better and generally working the kid in front of me to get him out of there. Dennis Hobson (promoter) calls it devilment - and I will be keeping to that from now on.”