Alfie Burden looks set to return to the professional circuit after beating Brazilian Igor Figueiredo 10-8 to win the IBSF world amateur title in Hyderabad, India today.
Burden, whose highest ranking was 38th from 2001 to 2003, led 3-0 but found his South American opponent very difficult to shake off.
Indeed, Figueiredo led 6-5 but Burden won three frames in succession, the last with a break of 103, to secure an 8-6 advantage.
Figueiredo refused to give up but Harrow cueman Burden did enough to capture the trophy.
The world amateur champion is usually offered a place on the main tour.
Congratulations to Alfie, who follows in the footsteps of the likes of Doug Mountjoy, Jimmy White, Ken Doherty and James Wattana.
But credit must also go to Figueiredo, who until April of this year had only played ten red snooker on a ten foot table.
If he keeps improving, he could become snooker's first South American professional.