Carl Froch stopped Lucian Bute in the fifth round in his hometown on Saturday to claim the IBF super-middleweight title.
The popular Nottingham resident, a two-time former WBC champion, was regarded as the underdog heading into the contest against the unbeaten Bute, who was making his 10th title defense.
The 34-year-old Froch (29-2, 20 KOs), who lost his WBC title to Andre Ward at the Super Six World Boxing Classic in December, admitted before Saturday's contest that he had much to prove after his last defeat.
He was the aggressor early on in his first home bout in three years, striking first in the opening round and finishing the second emphatically with a right-hand, left-hook combination.
Bute, who was born in Romania but became a Canadian citizen in March, landed two counter lefts in the third round but looked wobbly as Froch continued his unrelenting attack.
Both fighters traded jabs in the fourth round before Froch delivered a powerful right and followed with a flurry of ...