Sunny Edwards overcame a determined Felix Alvarado on Friday night to maintain his IBF flyweight title in Sheffield.
The Brit emerged a unanimous winner on all three judge’s scorecards (by margins of 115-113 twice and 116-112 respectively) to make the third successful defence of his world title.
Edwards was dominant for the first half of the fight with his usual fleeting footwork and impressive hand-speed.
The Nicaraguan looked to step-up the tempo in the middle rounds however and the defending champion looked to feel the pace.
The Central American grew in confidence during the second half of the fight as Edwards began to hold his feet on the ropes.
Edwards however dug in during the championship rounds to secure victory in his adopted home city.
Big showdowns against the likes of Julio Cesar Martinez and Jesse Rodriguez now lie on the horizon for the twenty-six-year-old Brit.
Shabaz Masoud topped off a superb performance with a twelfth-round stoppage of fellow undefeated super-bantamweight Jack Bateson.
Masoud was dominant for much of the affair, displaying superb defensive skills as he moved in and out of range.
Bateson threw plenty of shots but many failed to land thanks to the impressive upper body movement of Masoud who often followed up with sharp counter-punches of his own.
Leeds’ Bateson headed out for the twelfth knowing he would likely need a stoppage to secure victory.
Masoud was determined to assert his authority however and floored his twice in the final round before referee Howard Foster waved the contest off at 2:00.
The bout was an eliminator for Liam Taylor‘s British super-bantamweight title.
Marcel Braithwaite edged past Thomas Essomba in their super-flyweight contest by split-decision.
Two of the judge’s scorecards scored for the Liverpudlian by margins of 117-111 and 116-114, while the third gave the fight to Essomba (116-113).
Braithwaite is now poised to challenge for the British super-flyweight title in the near future after winning his eliminator versus Essomba.
Tokyo 2020 middleweight gold medalist Herbet Conceicao emerged victorious against Gideon Onyenani over six rounds.
The Brazilian was announced a 60-54 winner on referee Howard Foster’s scorecard in the Steel City.
Super-middleweight Nicolie Campbell also won all six rounds against Frane Radnic, while middleweight Ishmael Davis halted Dustin Ammann in round five.
Alin Ciorciri upset Levi Kinsiona with a narrow 76-77 victory after eight rounds at super-lightweight.
Super-bantamweight Lisa Whiteside also won a comfortable decision after eight rounds versus Eva Cantos (79-74 on referee Michael Alexander’s scorecard).