After staging a late attack to seal several points win Ted Cheeseman in Newcastle on scott Fitzgerald became the new British super-welterweight champion.
The unbeaten 27-year-old has been forced to dig deep after becoming frustrated by Cheeseman boxing, however, Fitzgerald dragged him into a punishing battle to earn a unanimous decision with scores of 115-113 and 116-113, 116-113.
Fitzgerald pushed stiff jabs in the opening bell out because Cheeseman circled the ring, answering with a couple hands of his own.
Cheeseman was exhibiting smart lateral motion, landing on a crisp combination along with also the Londoner enjoyed success using his jab in the next.
Fitzgerald struggled to pin Cheeseman, who picked him off in the fourth, but the Preston man responded with precise punches.
Back came Cheeseman from the first time, sending a uppercut that was jolting through his opponents shield, and the Fitzgerald needed to withstand a right hand.
Into the eighth, another uppercut from Cheeseman captured the attention, but Fitzgerald forged as stood and traded in the ninth.
Fitzgerald drew the Bermondsey fighter to a late conflict, bloodying his nose and Cheeseman had been on the front end of body shots at the final two rounds.
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