JAMIE McDonnell admitted he had to be calmed down by his corner in order to hold onto his European bantamweight title.
The Hatfield fighter was put through the wringer by opponent Stephane Jamoye but his determination saw him win the bout at the Doncaster Dome.
And afterwards he admitted he hates being defensive in the ring.
He said: “I’ve never liked holding on.
“I think it’s a sign of weakness and I’d rather fight my way out of trouble.
“But the corner were yelling at me to do that so in the end I did - and it was probably just as well.”
Jamoye caught the 24-year-old with a hefty right hook in the second round which appeared to rattle McDonnell.
But he denied he was in trouble.
“The punch knocked me off balance but it didn’t really hurt me and once my head was cleared I was alright.”