Scott Fitzgerald became the British super-welterweight winner after staging a late assault to seal some points win over Ted Cheeseman in Newcastle.
The unbeaten 27-year-old has been forced to dig deep after becoming defeated by the back-foot boxing of Cheeseman, but Fitzgerald dragged him into a punishing battle to earn a unanimous decision with scores of 115-113 and 116-113, 116-113.
Taking the middle of the ring , Fitzgerald pushed stiff jabs in the opening bell out because Cheeseman circled the ring, answering with a few left hands of his own.
Cheeseman displayed smart lateral motion, landing a combination along with also the south Londoner appreciated more success in the next using his jab.
Fitzgerald was struggling to pin Cheeseman, who picked him off however, the Preston guy responded with precise punches.
Back came Cheeseman in the sixth, sending a jolting uppercut throughout his opponents guard, along with the Fitzgerald needed to defy a direct right hand.
Into the eighth, another uppercut from Cheeseman caught the eye, but Fitzgerald forged in hooks as stood and exchanged at the ninth.
Fitzgerald drew the Bermondsey fighter to a late struggle, bloodying his nose in the 10th, and Cheeseman was on the front end of body shots in the closing two rounds.
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