Chris Eubank Jr registered the biggest victory of his professional career so far against James DeGale on Saturday night.
The 29-year-old, whose future at the highest level of boxing was left in doubt following his defeat to George Groves in Manchester 12 months ago, won the vacant IBO super-middleweight title with a unanimous points win at the O2 Arena in London.
DeGale was outclassed from start to finish and never threatened a stoppage. The cards read 114-112 115-112 117-109 in favour of Eubank Jr at the end of the fight.
Eubank Jr, who forced a count in the second round after landing a fierce left hook, was deducted a point in the 11th round – although it barely affected the margin of victory.
The Hove-born boxer landed a powerful uppercut before picking DeGale up on his shoulder and launching his opponent WWE-style to the canvas.
Watch the incident here…
As you can probably imagine, there was lots of reaction to Eubank’s bodyslam on DeGale on social media.
Here’s a selection of some of the best tweets…
Eubank Jr was understandably delighted after the result was announced and was thrilled that he was able to silence the doubters with such an impressive display.
“I’m back where I need to be – at the top of the food chain and now I’m coming for all the other belts in the super-middleweight division,” he told ITV Box Office, per BBC Sport. “I knew he (DeGale) would come in here and run, I’ve been working on my jabs, he is a very slick southpaw but the gameplan worked, smart pressure, not getting too ahead of myself, picking my shots and choosing my time to attack.
“I dominated pretty much every round. He is a hell of a skilled fighter but my heart and tenacity got me there. A lot of people said I was going to get my head jabbed off and not stand with a proven boxer. It was the most important fight of my career and I’ve made the statement. It is belt season, it is collection season.
“He didn’t quit, he was man enough to stay in the 12 rounds.”
DeGale, who is now expected to retire, added: “I’ve left my mark in boxing. Chris is tough, he is a good prospect, he was on it. I just didn’t enough there are a lot of wild punches, punches I didn’t see. He was nicking the rounds and I have to go back and watch it, i just didn’t do enough.
“I’m going to go back, talk to my team and talk to my family. I’ve been to the heights of boxing, I’ve won an Olympic gold medal, won the world title twice, made history and I’ve boxed the best around the world, I’ve left my mark in boxing.”