Ellesmere Port’s Paul Butler scored a far more convincing win over Stuart Hall three years after their first meeting for the IBF bantamweight title.
This time, with a fringe WBA belt at stake, Butler looked assured at the 118 pound limit as ‘The Babyfaced Assassin’ moved closer to challenging Jamie McDonnell for the full crown.
McDonnell was sat ringside at the Echo Arena as Butler ran out a clear winner on the scorecards after the final bell was rung.
In the co-feature, Rocky Fielding produced a career-best performance in front of his home fans to halt Commonwealth champion David Brophy. adding the strap to his British version.
‘Rocky from Stocky’ impressed under new trainer Jamie Moore as the ex-Prizefigher winner hurt Brophy in the first before pouncing to force referee Steve Gray to step in.
Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd retained his Commonwealth lightweight title with a unanimous win over local rival Tom Stalker.
Stalker displayed good skills, but ultimately didn’t have the power to fend off the relentless attacks of Dodd, who deserved to have his hand raised after twelve hard-fought and entertaining rounds.
The outspoken Ohara Davies overwhelmed Tom Farrell for the first five rounds before ending a one-sided contest in the sixth.
Davies put Farrell on the canvas five times in a fight which could have been stopped considerably earlier.
Anthony Fowler dropped Jay Byrne twice early on before seeing out a fourth rounds stoppage win on his Liverpool debut.
‘The Machine’ now boasts a record of 3 wins and 3 KO’s.
In an off-TV affair, Dereck Chisora warmed up for his European title challenge with a fifth round stoppage over a green Robert Filipovic, whilst in the TV opener, Natasha Jonas impressed the Liverpool crowd on her way to a second pro victory in the fourth round against Bojana Libiszewska.
Rounding off the card, Scott Fitzgerald halted Bradley Pryce in five rounds to push his record to 8-0, whilst cruiserweight Craig Glover took just one round to improve his record to 5-1 against Ferenc Zsalek.
Phil Jay is Editor of World Boxing News. Follow on Twitter @PhilDJay