Brum battlers are down but far from out; BOXING.
MAX Maxwell was beaten in Denmark and Terry Carruthers lost in Belfast at the weekend, but it wasn't all doom and gloom in the Birmingham gym. Far from it.
The verdict on Maxwell was 77-75 against Ahmad Kaddour but not everybody agreed.
Former referee Paul Thomas, now a ringside judge, wasn't officiating the fight but had Maxwell as the winner.
Maxwell's coach Jon Pegg pointed out that the fight was changed at the last minute from a ten-rounder to eight, which suited the home lad who was known to have stamina problems.
On the other hand it went against Maxwell who generally gets stronger as the fight goes on.
Pegg said: "It is not surprising when decisions go against you abroad. The important thing is Maxwell did a terrific job against the odds and his rating has shot up.
"We are now working on a match against Nasser Al Harbi with the English title at stake so there is a lot going for the lad.
"In the case of Carruthers he took the fight at one day's notice against unbeaten Eamonn O'Kane and went down 59-56 but made a lot of friends with an outstanding performance.
"He did so well that promoters Matchroom have put him in the next light-middleweight Prizefighter competition. This performance clinched the deal, which is great news.''