Luke McCormack was tonight celebrating success at boxing's British Championships.
The Washington fighter clinched gold at lightweight when he beat substitute opponent Jordan Flynn at Sheffield on a unanimous points decision.
McCormack had been due to fight a North-East derby against Hartlepool's Adam Cope, only for the Gus Robinson Developments teenager pull out with a back injury.
The opening round tonight at the English Institute of sport was a feisty affair despite the pair having no known rivalry.
McCormack had the edge in the opening three minutes and in the middle session he got through with two straight rights.
However, the 20-year-old blotted his copybook when he was told off but not deducted a point for hitting Flynn on the back of the head.
Flynn, from Oxfordshire, landed a neat left hook and finished what proved a close round quite well.
McCormack's GB coaches wanted a cleaner and more clinical last round and the Birtley ABC star delivered.
He landed two good rights and Flynn was forced on the backfoot. The 19-year-old moved well but McCormack connected with two further rights.
Flynn suffered a cut to his left eye but was allowed to continue following inspection from the ringside doctor.
However, McCormack had come good in the last and won via a unanimous verdict.