Ted Cheeseman fought back the tears after fighting back to rescue his career against Sam Eggington.
And now the Londoner is aiming to get back on the path to world titles after his first win in almost two years.
‘The Big Cheese’ suffered a nightmare 2019 with two defeats and a draw including a European light-middleweight title loss to Sergio Garcia all while he was battling gambling addiction.
But he put it all on the line against British rival Eggington in Eddie Hearn’s return to boxing with his back garden show at Matchroom HQ in Essex.
And Cheeseman came out on top of an exciting affair to claim a unanimous points win.
“You can’t imagine how much it means,” said an emotional Cheeseman.
“I see fighters lose who don’t care. I cared, I cried my eyes out, I stormed out of the ring.
“I’m a winner, I gave my heart to this sport and I felt that I deserved some luck last year, but I never got it.
“A lot of people doubted me, thought I would tire.
“When it got tough, I had a fight with Sam. I haven’t won for nearly two years – and you need confidence.
“I was confident going into that ring. There was no pressure with no crowd. I made mistakes but I boxed really well. I could have thought: ‘It isn’t going my way’.
“But I gave it my all. If I lost tonight, I would have retired. I could cry my eyes out with happiness.”
Cheeseman could now look at regaining the British title he lost to Scott Fitzgerald last year with the belt now vacant.
Eggington wants a rematch though in front of supporters when fans are allowed back into arenas after a close encounter in Hearn’s garden.
The Birmingham man said: “Of course I would like the rematch. I’m sure people would like to see it again.”
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