Josh Kelly rampantly tore the British super-welterweight title from Troy Williamson at the Newcastle Arena on Friday evening.

In a huge North-East derby, Sunderland’s Kelly started fast and glided around the Newcastle ring as he picked off the champion Williamson.

The latter never halted as he sought to make the second defence of his British title but Kelly looked levels above throughout the twelve rounds.

Despite doubts over whether he could maintain a pace for the duration of a fight, Kelly never slowed as he continued to outbox his County Durham rival.

Williamson cut a dejected figure at the sounding of the final bell when the three judges ringside announced Kelly a unanimous victor by scores of 119-111, 119-109 and 118-110.

Lyndon Arthur halted Joel McIntyre inside two rounds in his second appearance of 2022.

The Manchester light-heavyweight looks forward to title shots next year having previously held the Commonwealth strap at 175lbs.

Lightweight Katharina Thanderz comfortably moved past Edina Kiss with a 78-75 victory after eight rounds in her second fight since defeat to Terri Harper two years ago.

Staying at 135lbs, Jordan Barker was upset by Spain’s Sheila Martinez who won all six rounds against the Newcastle fighter on judge Ron Kearney’s scorecard.

Franklin Ignatius overcame Hosea Stewart in their heavyweight rematch after six rounds.

Referee Kearney adjudged the Dagenham man a close winner by a score of 56-58 on the evening.

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