Swindon's Jamie Cox says he is now looking to secure a British belt after winning the Commonwealth light-middleweight title.
The 25-year-old claimed a unanimous points win over previously undefeated Ghanaian champion Obodai Sai in London on Friday night.
"It's the belt I've always wanted since I was a kid," Cox told BBC Wiltshire.
"You've got to walk before you can run, the World titles will come later but I want that British title."
It was a fight surrounded by controversy, after Cox was deducted two points for persistent low blows and Sai's team disputed the officials' decision to award him the crown.
"I made hard work of it," he admitted.
"I'm a good boxer but he's a tough guy and the occasion got to me so I started slogging him but I had the will to go through 12 rounds and win it.
"I gave 100%, I did what I had to do in there and got the job done."
And Cox, who won a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2006, insists he has learned lessons from the clash.
"It wasn't my best performance, I could do a lot better than that.
"Now I know what it's about, going 12 rounds and I know what to expect next time."