Young Mutley is a boxer with a ferocious bite but he says he looked like a lame puppy when Colin Lynes walked out of the Wolverhampton Civic in July with the European and British light-welterweight title round his waist.
The West Bromwich-based boxer's performances in the last five years have matched the pseudonym adopted by Lee Woodley who aims to prove at Walsall's Banks' Stadium tonight that his bite is worse than his bark.
A bout with Vladimir Borovski is his first tentative step to redemption and another attempt at the British title by December 2008.
A former British welterweight champion, Mutley won the 'Fight of the Year' award in 2006 after a delicious scrap with Kevin Anderson, which ended in disappointment.
Nevertheless, television companies were straining to procure the swashbuckling Mutley's services. Potential foes avoided him like the plague such was his menacing reputation but at Wolverhampton Civic last summer the hype disappeared faster than share prices at Northern Rock.
A subsequent tour of the hostelries of Birmingham did not aid his rehabilitation as he ballooned to 13st-plus.
"I was so weak I don't think I would have beaten many people that night," a rueful Mutley recalled. "I still believe I am the best welterweight in Britain and that experience has taught me never to box at light-welterweight again.
"My confidence is fine, as I know that wasn't the real me in the ring, and I just want to get a few rounds under my belt before stepping up for the British title again.
"My supporters have been fantastic during my career and the least I can do is repay them by bringing back a major belt to West Bromwich again."
Mutley is topping the bill as First Team Promotions showcase more of their talent. Wayne Downing and Martin Gordon, not bosom buddies, could have a spiteful local tussle while Coventry's Steve Bendall prepares for his English middleweight title clash in February by facing Alexander Matviechuck.
Matty Hough seeks his eighth win in ten bouts whereas Scott Evans hopes to build on his impressive debut win last month.
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