Scott Fitzgerald became the British super-welterweight champion after staging a late assault to seal a points win on Ted Cheeseman at Newcastle.
The unbeaten 27-year-old has been forced to dig deep after becoming frustrated by the back-foot boxing of Cheeseman, however, Fitzgerald hauled him into a punishing battle to earn a unanimous decision with scores of 115-113 and 116-113, 116-113.
Taking the centre of the ringFitzgerald pushed out stiff jabs in the opening bell as Cheeseman circled the ring, answering with a few left hands of his own.
Cheeseman displayed lateral movement that was clever, landing on a combination that was crisp and also the south Londoner appreciated more success in the third with his jab.
The Preston man responded with punches, although fitzgerald struggled to pin down Cheeseman, who chose him off in the fourth.
Back arrived Cheeseman in the sixth, sending a uppercut that was jolting throughout his opponent’s shield, along with the frustrated Fitzgerald needed to defy a right hand at the seventh.
Into the another uppercut from Cheeseman caught the attention, but Fitzgerald forged since both stood in hooks and traded at the ninth.
Fitzgerald was drawing at the Bermondsey fighter into a late conflict, bloodying his nose in the 10th, and Cheeseman had been in the final two rounds on the receiving end of body shots.