Katie Taylor expressed her desire for a long-awaited homecoming in Ireland after a dominant victory over Karen Carbajal in London on Saturday night.
The champion controlled the ten-round affair, winning comfortably on all three scorecards of the judges ringside to make the seventh defence of her undisputed lightweight title at Wembley’s OVO Arena.
The timing of the Irish fighter was superb all night, regularly crashing straight lefts to the head of the Argentine.
Coupled with excellent head movement and fleeting footwork, Taylor shone in front of a raucous home crowd as she continued to cement her legacy as a pound-for-pound great in the female code.
To her credit, Carbajal never halted in her pursuit of what would have been a life-changing victory but the disparity in levels were clear on Saturday night.
Taylor called for a mega fight in her home country post-fight, with Eddie Hearn confirming her next bout will take place in Ireland regardless of the opponent.
A rematch with fellow pound-for-pound star Amanda Serrano has been mooted since their fight of the year contender in April which ended with Taylor getting her hand raised.
Kiko Martinez upset another British featherweight in the chief support, this time stopping Jordan Gill to become a four-time European champion.
Gill settled well in the opening two rounds behind his jab but was sent to the canvas by a straight right-hand in the third with his back to the ropes.
The Peterborough man climbed to his feet but was floored again by a right uppercut in the final thirty seconds of the round.
The fourth saw more punishment for the Brit who was knocked down twice again from blows inflicted by the right and then left of Martinez, leaving trainer Dave Coldwell no choice but to step in and end the fight to save his man from further damage.
Martinez remarkably now finds himself as number one contender once again for the IBF title at featherweight and called out Nottingham’s Leigh Wood post-fight as the desire for another British scalp intensifies.
Popular heavyweight Johnny Fisher landed quickest victory of his career so far with a first-round stoppage of Dominik Musil.
‘The Romford Bull’ Fisher landed a winging right-hand over the top to floor Musil and another right sent him to the canvas again seconds after the restart.
Fisher set about the Czech Republic man in search of his first opening-round stoppage and referee Marcus McDonnell had no choice but to step in at 2:03 with more powerful blows landing from the Brit.
Ellie Scotney collected the first major title of her career with a unanimous decision victory over European champion Mary Romero.
Scotney passed the toughest test of her career so far against an at times awkward Romero.
The twenty-four-year-old stepped up the pace in the second half of the fight as she cut off the ring, displaying superb accuracy with fast hands on the inside.
Scotney now holds the EBU title at super-bantamweight in just her sixth professional outing.
Gary Cully wasted no time on his Matchroom debut with a first-round knockout of Jaouad Belmehdi.
The Irish lightweight landed a short left-hook to the jaw of the Frenchman inside thirty seconds which immediately sent Belmehdi to the canvas.
He managed to regain his footing but was on unsteady legs, leading to referee Victor Loughlin waving the contest off.
Mickey Ellison made the first successful defence of his Central Area light-heavyweight title against Thomas Whittaker-Hart.
Ellison appeared to land the cleaner work across the ten rounds and was a deserving winner on referee Michael Alexander’s 96-95 scorecard.
Super-welterweight Jordan Reynolds marked his return to the ring with a six-round decision against Jose Clavero.
Reynolds last fought twelve months ago to the day and secured his fourth win in as many outings following his victory over the Spaniard on Saturday.
Light-heavyweight prospect John Hedges also dominated Ales Makovec over six rounds.
The Essex man floored the Czech Republican in the opening round with a left hook to the body and won all five of the remaining rounds to maintain his undefeated record inside seven bouts.
Maisey Rose Courteney marked her professional debut with a comfortable 40-36 victory over Judit Hachbold at flyweight.