Liam Walsh’s brother, Ryan, led the glowing praise for Gary Sykes’ gritty display.
@Walsh7Ryan tweeted to trainer Julian McGowan (@centralboxing): “Watched the fight bk great #honest corner work as per I liked you lads before the fight now I #respect you’s take care.”
Many other comments were posted on the social networking site and we’ve picked out a selection of the best.
Head of sport at the Eastern Daily Press, in Norfolk, Chris Lakey, @EDPchrislakey added: “Lots of respect between Liam Walsh and @GarySykesBoxer - good to see it in sport.”
Asif Iftikhar @Shifty_Ifty tweeted: “@GarySykesBoxer well done for last night. Warrior like performance. You’ll be back soon mate. #peoples champ”
David Lawlor @Test_Victim_No1: “@GarySykesBoxer massive respect. Don’t know how you went distance after that 1st round. Massive heart. Enjoy time off then back in that gym .”
Luqman Liaqat @LUQY _1992: “@GarySykesBoxer Excellent performance after going down in opening round man, made whole of Dewsbury #proud last night”
Tim Atherton @Timjohn26 : “@GarySykesBoxer brave mate. Quality fighters and great sportsmanship shown. Thanks for the entertainment”
Keith Smith @marleycityofgod posted: “@GarySykesBoxer you hardly see any fighters get dropped like that in the first round and go on to see the 12th and final round, RESPECT.”