Rishton kickboxing ace Alan Smith proved his might in the ring when he took on a world champion.
Alan, of Hermitage Street, gamely stepped into the ring with current double World Kickboxing champ Tommy Mcafferty.
In front of a 900-strong crowd in the Irishman’s hometown of Letterkenny, Alan put on a superb show, going five rounds with his tough foe.
Although Alan eventually lost on points, he said he was delighted to have gone the distance with his opponent.
Alan, 30, said: "It was a tough fight and he could certainly hit very hard – he is the best in the world.
"I managed to land a few good shots on him and at one point, I cut him across the eye. He knocked me down a few times but I got up again.
"I have been doing this now for two years and I have a brown belt, which is one below black, although I used to do Thai boxing in the past."
Alan lives with his partner Iona Thompson and children Erica, six and Francesca, four, and is studying for a sports science degree at Blackburn College.
He said: "Kickboxing is not really like other martial arts, say karate.
"It’s much more like boxing and you work on training in a similar way. I go to Fight Rite kickboxing in Rishton and do that four times a week and I also go running a lot.
"You really need to get your general fitness up and work on things like your stamina and performance in the ring.
"It’s actually really good for other things too, like concentration and general calmness although I am quite a relaxed person anyway."
Alan is the current 75kg North West Full-Contact Kickboxing champion and had just four weeks to train for his tough Irish fight.
His trainer Gary Smith said: "We went as underdogs and earned the respect of everyone at the show. The decision went to the Irish champion on a unanimous points verdict but Alan had proved to be a very tough game opponent."