Dave Ryan picked up the biggest win of his career as the Derby man out-pointed Tyrone Nurse in a close match-up to claim the vacant Commonwealth light-welterweight title in Leeds.
After dropping Nurse in the first two rounds with jabs alone, Ryan had the upper hand until the midway point – despite the pre-fight favourite coming back strong once he’d picked himself up off the floor.
Ryan once again turned the fight in his favour from the sixth round onwards, and it was the knockdowns that ultimately told as the judges carded 114-113 (twice) and 113-113 to hand the 31 year-old his first meaningful belt.
Earlier, recent light-middleweight world title challenger Brian Rose recovered from his stoppage loss to Demetrius Andrade by halting hapless Argentine Ignacio Fraga in the first round. The Blackpool man dropped Fraga three times and referee John Lathom had seen enough despite the bell being seconds away at the end of the opening session.
Undefeated super-middleweight Callum Smith added another knockout to his eye-catching record by getting the overmatched and undersized Rafael Pintos out of there in three painful rounds. Pintos was down three times to some crunching body shots and Smith now moves on to a WBC title eliminator with Nikola Sjekloca on the undercard of the Nathan Cleverly v Tony Bellew rematch on November 29 in Liverpool.
There were also victories for Stephen Simmonds, David Brophy, Callum Johnson, Arfan Iqbal, Reese Cartwright and Simon Vallily on what was a packed First Direct Arena card put on by Matchroom Boxing.