In his first outing since Matchroom's Fight Camp, where he narrowly lost to Ted Cheeseman in an all British classic, Sam Eggington took on the experienced campaigner, Ashley Theopane, in a must-win fight.
At 40 years old and fighting in a weight class where he perhaps didn't belong, Theophane was always going to be in for a tough night. Eggington has proved himself a difficult man to deter at the best of times, and in lacking the size and power to get his respect, Theophane found himself on damage control for the best part of each round.
Able to walk through Theopane's punches, "The Savage" fought in his usual relentless front-foot style, landing clubbing shots to both head and body.
Theophane did manage to get through with the occasional counter on the back-foot, but every punch he landed only served to spur Eggington on and by round four Theophane looked as though he was really beginning to feel the pace.
The end came in the sixth round when Eggington landed a sickening right hook to the body that had Thephane reeling to the canvas. While he managed to beat the count, the referee deemed him unable to continue and waved it off.
It will likely be the last time we'll see Theopane in the ring. If that's the case, he'll be retiring with a very respectful record of 48-9-1.
For Eggington, now 29-7, the win puts some momentum back in his career and keeps him on course for a potential rematch with Ted Cheeseman next year.
After the fight, Sam told Channel 5:
". . . back in August, I felt like I was hard done by. I definitely thought I won the fight, so I wanted to come back with a good win and prove my point, and I think I done that."
When asked if he was looking for the rematch though, Eggington replied: "I'm quite happy to box him . . . in his back garden, you know, I've put that out there, I don't mind where it is . . . I feel like I won the first fight so why wouldn't I just go anywhere and box him again. . . I'm not chasing anyone . . . I'm quite happy to push on with my career without following people about."