Sam Sexton won Prizefighter with a third-round stoppage of Chris Burton in the final of the eight-man heavyweight competition.
Burton loses unbeaten record in the final
Sam Sexton won Prizefighter with a third-round stoppage of Chris Burton in the final of the eight-man heavyweight competition on Friday evening at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle.
The Norwich fighter ended Burton's unbeaten record when his relentless attacking forced referee Mickey Vann to step in and halt the final with one minute remaining in the contest.
It was a superb result for Sexton, extending his overall record to 10-1 and brought with it the added bonus of £25,000, the biggest payday of his career.
"I paced myself in the first two fights," the 24-year-old told Sky Sports
"I felt I was winning comfortably and I didn't want to go in all guns blazing and have nothing left for the last round.
"I still had plenty left in the tank and I got there in the end.
"This is the launch pad for big things, hopefully not too far in the future I can box for a British title."
Sexton had edged out Luke Simpkin in the first semi-final with a points decision, while Burton dominated Lee Swaby in the second semi-final.
Swaby was on the floor in the second round - the only knockdown of the evening - and, although he regained his feet and ploughed on bravely, Burton took a comfortable win.
In the first round, Sexton had defeated knock-out artist Pele Reid in the opening bout of the night.
Sexton deservedly took a unanimous decision having used his superior footwork to stay away from Reid's power throughout.
Simpkin, the lightest of the eight fighters, also booked his semi-final place with a split decision over home favourite Darren Ferguson.
Burton and Swaby set-up a last-four meeting courtesy of respective points victories.
Burton produced a classy display to see off David Ingleby, while Swaby landed 43 punches and took only 21 during his win over Welshman Darren Morgan.