Former middleweight world title challenger Andy Lee overcame a dogged Anthony Fitzgerald at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast to potentially set up a clash with new stablemate Darren Barker in the summer.
The 28 year-old, who moved back to the UK from Detroit following the death of trainer Emanuel Steward, has linked up with Matchroom Sport in an attempt to flush out Barker for what could be a world title eliminator, possibly on the Froch v Kessler II undercard.
Lee first had to get through Fitzgerald and did so with a degree of difficulty as his opponent came out swinging from the first bell. Although he controlled the early stages, Lee took too many rounds off in the fight, eventually coming through with a 98-94 victory on referee Steve Gray’s scorecard.
Also on the bill, heavyweight Martin Rogan warmed up for his Prizefigher stint with an easy four-round win over Czech journeyman Ladislav Kovarik. The veteran is hoping to be drawn against old foe Audley Harrison in the eight-man event later this month as he aims to get back in title contention.
Finally, ex-European middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa eased to a six-round whitewash win over Norbert Szekeres in his first action since the crushing loss to unified world title holder Gennady Golovkin last September in the USA.