Reporter: Dhomonique Ricks | Videographer: Ira Quillen
Lynchburg, VA - Lynchburg boxer Scott Sigmon is back home after fighting in the biggest match of his career.
Sigmon fought against Kelly Pavlik Friday in Las Vegas. Sigmon didn't take home the win in the super middleweight bout, but did take home a much bigger lesson.
The referee called the fight at the end of the seventh round. The Technical Knock Out means he lost the bout, but Sigmon calls it part of a learning curve and says you can bet on one thing: He'll be back.
It's been a journey 10 years in the making for Bedford County born Sigmon. His story dates back to age 15 when he became inspired by Muhammad Ali. Fast forward to present day and Sigmon is living his dream as a professional boxer.
"It was a long, arduous process to get here," he said.
But it hasn't been an easy ride.
"Started off just boxing in people's yards, being self trained."
Now he's on the big screen.
"Any success I have is rooted in the dedication of the people around me in my life. Everybody looks at boxing as an individual sport, but it takes an entire team to create someone like me," said Sigmon.
"I felt like my kid was in the ring and I could not have been prouder," said Jessica Tucker, who trains with Sigmon.
"We know the hard work he put in and being on that stage was awesome for him," said Charles Crumpler, Sigmon's manager.
Sigmon calls Friday's bout a "learning experience," and his uniform, still bloody from the fight, confirms it.
"It was a huge opportunity. I am very thankful for Kelly Pavlik awarding me the opportunity to step in the ring with him," he said. "It was Kelly's experience and his talent level that was giving me the problem. Experience is everything in boxing. There's only one way to get it. You can see my face... I got the experience," he said.
For Sigmon, it's time for rest, rehab and then he'll be right back in the ring.
"I gave my best effort in the fight and I plan on being back to that stage and representing Lynchburg to the best of my abilities."
Sigmon says he's not going to take no for an answer. He says there are lots of people who say he should step down, but he's letting the haters be his motivators! Sigmon will most likely be back in the ring this fall.