Glenn Foot re-ignited his career and sent Kirk Goodings into retirement when he won the big Sunderland boxing derby at Dunston.
Foot outpointed his friend-turned-rival after 10 ferociously-fought rounds for the British Promoters Association Classic welterweight belt.
Referee Andrew Wright scored it 97-94 to the warrior from Marley Pots.
Foot, back to his aggressive best after his British and Commonwealth title defeat to Sam Eggington in July, had the better of the fight and deserved his victory.
But credit to Goodings who fought to the bitter end and Mr Wright’s scoring reflected his contribution.
Afterwards, the Seaburn boxer called time on a career which brought him the English lightweight title and a lot of admirers.
“This is the only fight that motivated me to get back in the ring,” said the 26-year-old. “I’d like to thank Glenn for the fight, I have a lot of respect for him.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their support.”
Goodings had labelled Foot as “one-dimensional” in the build-up to the derby and his opponent had responded by claiming he would “run like a thief” in the contest.
As it was, Goodings did not run, he stood and fought but Foot had the edge to get him back in the title picture.
It was a memorable night for Sunderland on the banks of the Tyne with win after win at the Lancastrian Suite.
Thomas Essomba warmed up for next month’s Commonwealth super-flyweight title challenge with a 40-35 points win over Mikheil Soloninkini.
The Georgian may have had a fancy hair cut but underneath his head proved ultra-tough as he survived some heavy shots from the two-time Olympian to go the four rounds.
Essomba will now meet Waleed Din at Rotherham on SAturday, October 17 for the vacant Commonwealth belt.
Jonson McClumpha made it a double for coach David Binns by beating Kieran Gray on points, referee Graeme Williams scoring it 40-36.
Isaac Macleod started like an express train against Santos Medrano but had to settle for a four-rounds points shut-out against the tough Spanish-based Nicaraguan.
The West Rainton-born Hartlepol-trained Ward brothers, Martin and Tommy, also came through international contests in differing fashion.
Martin, preparing for a British championship challenge in November, opened the Phil Jeffries-promoted event by stopping sub opponent Elvis Guilan in the third round.
Younger brother Tommy needed to go the full 10 rounds but looked a class above African champion Nasibu Ramadhani.
Referee Wright gave him all rounds for a 100-90 victory.
There was a second successive defeat though for Seaham’s Jordan Ellison, who lost to unbeaten Newcastle fighter Lewis Ritson in a belting Tyne-Wear derby.
Ellison started brightly but Ritson took control with his strong jab and won 60-54 on the scorecard of referee Williams.
Elsewhere, Hartlepool’s Daniel Cope outpoiinted Mick Mills while there was a Newcastle double to close the event, Michael Dixon and Sam Best beating Igor Boraucha and Mitch Mitchell, both via points.