Continuing his momentum, Maxi Hughes captured the WBC International Title with an impressive decision victory over Viktor Kotochigov in Dubai.

After a cagey opening session, Hughes powered home a pair of powerful left hands to the head of Kotochigov, who looked visibly rattled at the commanding nature of the Englishman. 

The power of Hughes continued to tell in the third round as Hughes fired Kotochigov to the canvas with a thunderous uppercut, the previously undefeated Kazakhstan fighter recovered relatively well before being saved once again by some overly hands-on officiating. 

Despite being hurt in the early rounds, Kotochigov eased into the fight as his confidence grew and he remained busy in an engaging battle. 

Although the fight grew closer as the fight progressed, Hughes always seemed to have the edge and was eventually crowned the victor with the scorecards reading, 96-93, 97-92 and 95-94 all in his favour.

The opening bout saw Blane Hyland suffer a surprising defeat at the hands of Mohamed Salah Abdelghany.

Abdelghany had success in the second session as he aggressively moved forward and fired haymakers at the slick Hyland. 

Despite clearly possessing the superior skill and regularly making his opponent miss, Hyland struggled to wilt the wild bursts of Abdelghany. 

The tough Abdelghany found success in engaging Hyland into a scrap, rocking him with looping shots in rounds four and five. 

Hyland came out for the final round with real intent, catching his opponent with a snappy lead hand at the start of the session and having success from the back foot. 

In spite of a stronger final session, Hyland was made pay for not being able to get into his rhythm as Abdelghany was awarded a unanimous decision verdict. 

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