After staging a late assault to seal a points win Ted Cheeseman in Newcastle scott Fitzgerald became the British super-welterweight champion.
The unbeaten 27-year-old has been forced to dig deep after being frustrated by Cheesemans back-foot boxing, however, Fitzgerald hauled him into a punishing battle to earn a unanimous decision with scores of 115-113 and 116-113, 116-113.
Because Cheeseman circled the ring, answering with a left hands of his own, Fitzgerald pushed rigid jabs from the opening bell.
Cheeseman was showing clever lateral movement, landing on a mix that was crisp and also the south Londoner enjoyed more success from the third.
The Preston guy responded with punches, although fitzgerald struggled to pin down Cheeseman, who picked him off at the fourth.
Back came Cheeseman in the sixth, sending a uppercut throughout his opponents guard, and the Fitzgerald needed to defy a direct right hand.
Into the the eye was captured by another uppercut from Cheeseman, but Fitzgerald forged as stood in hooks and traded at the ninth.
Fitzgerald was drawing on at the Bermondsey fighter into a late battle, bloodying his nose and Cheeseman had been in the two rounds on the front end of body shots.
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