Losing on the ‘Homecoming’ show at Middleton Arena has done very little to dent Curtis Gargano’s spirit ahead of a bout against debutant Paul Hilz in Essex on November 15.
The Huddersfield Gladiator Boxing Academy man was looking to pay his father, Des, a fitting tribute in the town where he pleased the crowd on a number of occasions.
Gargano lost his father at the age of 49 in July 2010 to cancer – Des was also a boxer with a tenacious warrior-like attitude in the ring. As a journeyman, he fought 123 times and most significantly tussled with Naseem Hamed in the ‘Prince’s’ fifth fight.
When reflecting on the night in Middleton, Gargano said: “It was a great show and I am really glad I was on it.
“I have no regrets and having only a couple of weeks to get ready to fight gives me satisfaction.
“Training and making the weight took its toll in the ring, my opponent (Angelo Crowe) came to win, so there is no shame in losing a close fight.
“I am thankful to Pat Barrett and Black Flash promotions for giving me the chance to box in front of my hometown crowd. Not many people would jump on a boxing show with all that pressure.
“I’m really proud to be fighting every time I get in the ring.”