Charlie Edwards was crowned a world champion at the next attempt since he outpointed Cristofer Rosales to secure the WBC world flyweight title at London’s O2 Arena.
Edwards suffered a cut round seven but always out-boxed his opponent to earn a favourable choice.
“this one was for my own mum,” said an emotional Edwards.
The 24-year-old, who was halted by John-Riel Casimero in his previous world title bid to its IBF belt at 20-16, extends his professional record to 14 wins and one loss, while Rosales includes four defeats at a 32-fight livelihood.
In early stages, Nicaraguan Rosales was targeting Edwards’ human body although the former Great Britain amateur boxer stayed disciplined enough to pick his own shots at the ideal time as Edwards landed a quick two-punch combination followed with a stinging human body shot at the end of the next round.
Rosales, who stopped Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes in his final competition, fought to deal with Edwards’ movement while the Surrey fighter repeatedly beat him to the punch, for example a shocking left hook-right upper cut attack at the fourth.
But, Rosales saw Edwards stumble from the seventh and started a desperate ordeal that opened up a cut on the very top of Edwards’ head.
Edwards weathered a storm because a persistent Rosales came forwards with barrages from the ninth and 10th rounds, but Edwards declared the out standing job supporting his jelqing jab for the remainder of the struggle to see his hands increased as a penalizing world winner.
He also dedicated his career-best succeed to his mum, who has been suffering with an illness.
“You believed in me and when she was ill she said never to give up in my fantasy,” said Edwards, who added he wishes to aim a unification struggle .
“I believed from once the fight got announced and was going to bed with a picture in my walls . It’s a dream come true.
Undercard round up
Rio 20-16 Olympic bronze medallist Joshua Buatsi continued his rapid rise through the professional ranks as he expanded his unbeaten record to nine successes with the extraordinary first-round win over Renold Quinlan.
There were year-end successes for two veteran heavy weights as Carlos Takam fell Albanian Senad Gashi threetimes from the seventh round to claim a stoppage win.
Liverpool’s 35-year-old heavyweight David Price finished a tough year following two losses with a fourth-round stoppage victory over Tom Little, despite Little’s protests that the referee stepped too soon.