Anthony Yarde became the first fighter to stop Dec Spelman and subsequently set up a big domestic clash with Lyndon Arthur. 

It marked an emotional return to the ring for Yarde, who showed all the characteristics of someone that was elated to be back in the ring. 

Spelman started the fight well, however, once Yarde began to find his range and land the thunderous combinations he has become synonymous for, the writing was on the wall for Spelman. 

After a valiant effort from Spelman, the fight reached its conclusion in round six when the Scunthorpe man crumbled at a big flurry of shots from Yarde, leading to the referee waving the bout off. 

In one of the most anticipated bouts for a long time, Mark Heffron and Denzel Bentley couldn’t be separated as all three judges scored their engrossing battle 95-95. 

In the postfight interviews, both expressed their belief that they had done enough, tantalising the taste buds for an immediate rematch later in the year. 

Heffron seemed to be asserting his dominance on the contest when the switching of Bentley caused him problems as the Oldham man hit the canvas after a sharp left hand from the southpaw Bentley. 

Although it was only a flash knockdown, it affirmed the danger of Bentley who was content with being on the backfoot. 

Heffron, however, battled back and his relentless aggression combined with his thudding shots saw him power the momentum of the fight back into his direction. 

The fight evolved into a cat and mouse battle, as Heffron came forward and pursued Bentley, who picking shots from his backfoot. 

As both had success and landed significant shots, the rounds became increasingly difficult to score. 

However, in the penultimate round, the power of Heffron told as he landed flush on Bentley, whose legs stiffened twice as he utilised the outside of the ring and clung onto survive. 

Heffron appeared a man that sensed blood in the water in the final round as he left the stool with intent and sought to take the fight out of the hands of the judges. 

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The Londoner rallied back though and combined with Heffron’s continued pressure it created for a final round befitting of the absorbing nine rounds that it followed. With it seemingly inevitable that the heavy-handed pair will face off again. 

Bilal Ali had his undefeated record ended after a surprising defeat at the hands of Blackpool’s Ed Harrison, who achieved his second win in six contests. 

The game Harrison, who was moving up in weight, stormed out the blocks and had a strong opening round, punishing Ali for sloppy defensive work. 

The second session was stronger for Ali, however, he failed to stamp his authority on the contest, which slipped further away from him as he had a point deducted for continuously holding on the inside. 

Harrison secured an impressive win, landing solid right hands and continuing to move forward and put pressure on Ali. 

The end was marred in confusion, however, as by a score of 39 to 37, Ali was announced as the victor. It led to justifiable frustration from Harrison, who appeared to be hard done by before referee Marcus McDonnell revealed the decision had been announced incorrectly.

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In his professional debut, Joshua Frankham performed well against the seasoned Kevin McCauley. 

From a decorated fighting family, Frankham showed his skills and picked his shots well winning every round in an engaging professional debut. 

Ekow Essuman overcame a tough and aggressive opponent in Cedrick Peynaud to capture the IBF European title and continue his progress through the rankings. 

In spite of his dominance on the scorecards, Essuman was forced to battle hard for the victory, as Peynaud continued to show heart throughout. 

Essuman’s intention for the stoppage was clear, as he powered home combinations as he kept his composure on his way to what will be seen as an important win as he continues his journey. 

Following the bout, the 31-year-old affirmed his ambitions to capture the Lonsdale belt, which is scheduled to be fought for by Chris Jenkins and Conor Benn. 

In his Queensberry debut, Amin Jahanzeb achieved his eighth consecutive win with a unanimous decision verdict over Jamie Quinn. 

The slick footwork of Jahanzeb was on show as he fired sharp shots to the head and body of the tough Stockport journeyman. 

The flashy Bradford fighter shook off any rustiness against the durable Quinn, as he notched up a 60-54 win. 

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