BBC Sport's Sean Davies on how Scott Gammer lost his title to Danny Williams
But nine months later Gammer came up against a lean and hungry Williams, the Brixton man bouncing back from successive losses against Matt Skelton and Audley Harrison to reclaim the British title.
Gammer worked his way back and just needed to beat John McDermott in an eliminator to book another shot at the British crown, but lost a fight he was tipped to win.
Disillusioned, the Welshman packed up his gloves but was back in the ring by August 2008 to face Italian Francesco Pianeta for the vacant EBU-EU heavyweight belt.
Gammer was on top early in the fight but hurt his hand, bravely battling on one-handed before being forced to concede.
He briefly retired again before returning last May against Robert Helenius, only to suffer a sixth-round stoppage and bow back out of the sport.
"I've been off really for a couple of years, finished, come back in last May, finished again - the desire just wasn't there," Gammer said.
"But I had a long look at myself and thought where am I going with myself, what am I doing?
"I was just plodding along with work and thought it's not me, my heart is in boxing, that's my best shot in life to make something of myself so why not give it a good go?"
Gammer has signed up for Prizefighter - a three-round format, all-action show that offers the winner a £32,000 top prize and bragging rights over the seven other heavyweights involved at the ExCel arena in London's Docklands tonight.
Gammer has been drawn against Irishman Coleman Barrett in the first round and a win will pit Gammer against Williams in the semi-finals - providing the reigning British champion beats his first-round opponent Carl Baker.
"I've been training my backside off for the last month or so and I just feel really good and can't wait to get in there," Gammer said.
My heart is in boxing, that's my best shot in life
"My first fight is an Irish boy called Coleman Barrett, he's eight fights undefeated... they've done the draw as top four, the best four fighters supposed to be against the bottom four fighters.
"But in my eyes there is no bottom four fighters, every fighter in this is dangerous and to me the first fight is probably the most dangerous fight.
"I mean, who wants to go out in the first round of the competition? Nobody does."
The other side of the draw is equally tough, with Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison putting his reputation on the line.
Gammer is being helped by Polish number one Albert Sosnowski, who stopped Williams in eight rounds at London's York Hall in November 2008 and also counts Pianeta among his victims.
Sosnowski, who is preparing to fight for the European title, is nicknamed The Dragon - a fitting sparring partner for a Welshman - and is sure that Gammer can follow his lead.
"Don't fear Danny Williams, he is human like everybody else, don't be scared of him just go for it," Sosnowski said.
"You have to be harder and faster and Scott will beat him."
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