Ryan Burnett came through a grueling contest with Zhanat Zhakiyanov to become the IBF and WBA bantamweight champion in Belfast.
The 25-year-old is the first Irishman to unify the bantamweight division in Belfast, but was taken the distance by the former WBA king.
Burnett won a unanimous decision after the three judges returned three scorecards overwhelmingly in his favour: 118-110, 119-109, 117-112.
The special moment for Burnett was cut short as the fighter was taken to hospital for treatment.
Eddie Hearn confirmed after the bout that Burnett checked in to hospital, but it was a precaution and his fighter was quick to return to the celebrations.
Zhakiyanov made it a draining night for Burnett, who took until the fourth round to find his rhythm.
Burnett had been working off the back foot until the fourth with Zhakiyanov fearlessly marching forward.
But is was the local hero that landed the more varied shots and when he finally pushed Zhakiyanov back mid-way through the fight the crowd erupted.
Painful hooks from Burnett found their home on Zhakiyanov in the ninth round before the Northern Irishman began to deploy a snapping jab.
Burnett was in full control by the championship rounds and fought to a deserved win in front of his hometown crowd.
‘This was a tough fight for me, I had to dig deep and I done it,’ Burnett told Sky Sports after the fight.
‘The plan was to try and box him, but he’s that strong, I had to adapt to his game.
‘I boxed Haskins, he’s one of the trickiest in the division and now I’ve beaten one of the toughest.’
Burnett remains undefeated after 18 fights and becomes a unified champion just 23 months after claiming the British bantamweight title.