Kevin Mitchell marched towards a mouth-watering fight with Derry Mathews in December or January with a sixth round stoppage win over Marco Lopez at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday night.
The former world title challenger looked sharp and focused as he picked up a fringe version of the IBF lightweight title by overpowering the dumbfounded Mexican after softening him up for the previous five rounds.
The Londoner threw his hat in the ring with any number of domestic 135lbers in the aftermath, although promoter Eddie Hearn made no secret that the one he wants is Liverpudlian Mathews before Christmas.
Olympic champion Luke Campbell continued to impress in the early stages of his pro career by blitzing Neil Hepper for his second successive win in the first round and moved his record to 2-0 in the process.
Lee Selby retained his British and Commonwealth featherweight titles by out-pointing previously unbeaten Ryan Walsh and will now move on to a European title shot against Rendall Munroe on the Carl Froch v George Groves bill.
Also on the Sky Sports televised card, Tony Conquest recovered from two knockdowns against Prizefighter king Wadi Camacho to squeak a tight unanimous decision, whilst another Prizefighter winner Glenn Foot remained undefeated by beating John Brennan over four rounds as he awaits a tasty-looking match-up with Larry Ekundayo.