COFFS Harbour PCYC boxer Daniel Hoskins made a triumphant debut before his home crowd, overcoming Rolando Gerongco, of the Philippines, to claim the WBF Asia-Pacific junior lightweight belt at Sawtell RSL on Friday night.
The bout looked set for an early finish when Hoskins dropped Gerongco with a right hook in the first round, but the plucky Filipino refused to let up and Hoskins was forced to go to the 10th round before winning by TKO.
Hoskins' supporters lifted the roof when he appeared from the sheds and the 31-year-old didn't disappoint in a fight that left trainer Mick Magnay full of praise.
"Daniel's was definitely the fight of the night," Magnay said.
"When he came out of the change rooms the whole RSL just shook, he brought the house down.
"Both guys gave 110 percent but eventually Daniel was able to wear Gerongco down. It was a gutsy effort, especially considering Daniel busted his hand in the fourth round."
Magnay admitted Hoskins' bout overshadowed the feature fight of the evening, Justin Clements' light heavyweight match-up with New Zealander Willie O'Neill.
Clements claimed the WBF AsiaPacific belt after the referee stopped the contest in the sixth round.
The victory has opened up an opportunity for Clements to fight for the Oceania Pacific Boxing Federation light heavyweight belt against Melbourne's Dale Westerman later this month.
Three Coffs Harbour PCYC amateur boxers fought for the first time on the undercard, with all coming up with impressive results.
Corey Wicken stopped his rival in the second round, while Joe GordonSmith and Taj Singh both scored points victories.