Ravenshead light-heavyweight Warwick Gibson was a winner on his ring debut in Nottingham.
The 24 year-old stopped Kyle Lovett inside two round and said afterwards: “What a relief. I’m so glad that’s out of the way - and I won.
“Carl Froch congratulated me afterwards and that really made my night.”
Froch was there to watch brother Lee in the top-of-the-bill fight.
He powered to a first-round win, but Gibson was made to work harder for his victory.
Lovett was stocky and muscular and at the bell, he took the fight to Gibson and hurled big right hands.
Gibson kept his cool and was able to block the big swings and counter with sharp, pinpoint punches.
By the end of the first round, Lovett was starting to look discouraged and early in the second, Gibson stepped it up.
He drove Lovett into a corner with a volley of punches and kept them coming until the referee jumped in.
Gibson said: “A few people told me afterwards they thought it was the best fight of the night and it wasn’t easy for me in there.
“He caused me a few problems early on, but I got through it and that gives me a lot of confidence.”
The win has convinced Gibson he has a future as a boxer.
He said: “I’m going to carry on and fight again.
“I’m going to have a break over Christmas, then I should be back in the ring in March or April.”