Anthony Crolla produced a magnificent body shot in the fifth round to rip the WBA lightweight title away from Darleys Perez in Manchester.
To the delight of a hostile crowd of 8,000 fans, Crolla went straight for the Colombian from the off and was on top in the fight when the decisive blow landed.
The 29 year-old realised his lifelong dream in picking up the world title and was visibly emotional as referee Terry O’Connor reached the ten count to seal his destiny. (Full report here)
Tyrone Nurse and Chris Jenkins wowed the crowd once again with another twelve round battle for the vacant British super lightweight title. The two rivals first met in July and fought out a draw when it seemed Nurse may have done enough, although this time around the Huddersfield man got the verdict.
Despite being dropped in the fifth by Jenkins, who suffered a cut head in the third, Nurse came back in the middle rounds to bank the points. Jenkins rallied towards the end – but couldn’t prevent Nurse taking the Lonsdale Belt 116-111, 115-112 (twice) on points.
At bantamweight, Ryan Burnett dominated a game old champion in Jason Booth to pick up the vacant British belt 120-107 on all three cards, whilst Isaac Lowe and Ryan Doyle fought out a ten round draw for the English featherweight title as the judges came back with scores 96-95 to Doyle, 97-93 to Lowe and 95-95 even after ten.
Former world title challenger Brian Rose built on his revenge victory over Carson Jones by taking every round of eight against Ruslans Pojonisevs. The 30 year-old is building towards a bigger test in 2016 and had no problems moving to 28-3-1.
English flyweight champion Charlie Edwards continued his progress with a six round stoppage win over Phil Smith, whilst Middleweight Marcus Morrison struggled to get to grips with Burundi-born journeyman Simone ‘Lucky’ Lucas and just edged their six-rounder 58-57 to improve to 8-0.
In the opening bout of the evening, super lightweight Liam Taylor moved to 13-1 by stopping Imre Simon in the second round.