Former Birmingham City player Curtis Woodhouse yesterday claimed his fifth straight win since becoming a professional boxer.
And he dedicated the victory to former Sheffield United chairman Derek Dooley, who died this month aged 78.
The footballer-turned-boxer, who still plays on a part-time basis for Rushden & Diamonds in the Blue Square Premier, stopped Matt Seawright after just three rounds at United's Academy headquarters in Sheffield.
It was another tentative but significant step towards competing for an area title, while the former England Under-21 midfielder's ultimate aim is to become crowned British champion.
Dooley, meanwhile, was a legendary football figure in the Steel City and was fondly remembered by Woodhouse, who made 104 appearances for the Blades before moving to Birmingham City for £1 million in 2001.
Woodhouse made his debut for United aged 17 and at 19 became the club's youngest-ever captain - a record he still holds today.
"This win is for Derek Dooley because when I was a young kid at Sheffield United he was fantastic to everybody," said the welterweight.
"Someone recently asked me what I remembered about Derek and I once went into his office and he was asking me how I was getting on. He also asked me about my dad; he knew my dad, mum and brother and sister all by their first names.
"That was a nice touch and I remember leaving the room feeling about 10ft tall. Whenever I speak to the rest of the lads, they say the same about Derek; he knew everyone's families by name and it takes a special man to be like that.
"He knew everybody and having lost my dad last year I know how Derek's family must be feeling at the moment."
Woodhouse is scheduled to fight again next month and added: "In six months to a year I'll be ready to get in the ring with anybody."