Stuart Hall completes his remarkable story to outpoint tough South African Vusi Malinga and win the IBF World Bantamweight Championship on an emotional night in Leeds.
Briton Hall, 33, scored a blistering third round knockout after making a whirlwind start to the fight. His southpaw opponent recovered well and was able to use his awkward stance to jab Hall at will.
It was a gutsy showing from the Darlington fighter, who after his early dominance faded slightly as he struggled to maintain the intensity with which he'd started the fight. By the championship rounds, Hall's left eye had almost completely closed and threatened to call an early end to the fight.
And in the final two rounds, it was sheer determination that saw Hall to the final bell, where he took a unanimous decision 116-111, 117-110, 117-110.
It's a fairytale story for Darlington bantamweight Stuart Hall who, at the age of 33, gets the first world title shot of his career against South African Vusi Malinga. The IBF World Bantamweight title will be on the line after it was stripped from Hall's fellow Brit Jamie McDonnell.
For former roofer Hall, 15-2-1, an unlikely world title shot is a dream come true, but if he's to complete his journey and become a world champion he'll have to get past the formidable presence of tough southpaw Malinga, also 33.
Malinga has been involved in two world title fights previously, losing out to Japan's Hozumi Hasegawa in 2009 and then California's unbeaten hitman Leo Santa Cruz in June 2012.
21 December 2013, 19:00:00
British and Commonwealth champion Frankie Gavin extended his run of wins to 18 with a hardworking win over tough former Commonwealth title holder Bradley Pryce.
Following the 99-92 win, Gavin's manager Francis Warren called out fellow Briton Amir Khan with an eye on launching his fighter into the biggest year of his career next term.
There's no question that bigger challenges await the popular 28-year-old Lonsdale belt holder, but Bradley Pryce can be commended for his performance after taking the fight at the eleventh hour.
Frankie Gavin, one of Britian's hottest prospects, looks to springboard to European level in 2014 with a profile-raising win over the experienced Welshman Bradley Pryce.
British and Commonwealth champion Gavin, 27, is recoginsed as one of Britain's brightest up and coming talents, and will hope that a strong performance and a win will push him up to European level next year.