French underdog Mohamed Mimoune took Sam Eggington’s European welterweight title at the first time of asking with an impressive display at Manchester Arena.
‘The Problem’ proved to be just that for Eggington, who looked tight at the weight on the scales on Friday and has since admitted he will be moving up in weight.
Mimoune used his superior boxing skills to fend off the relentless attacks of ‘The Savage’ to see out what looked to be an easy decision.
Not to be with the judges though, who saw the fight 116-112 and 115-113 in favor of Mimoune, whilst a third somehow had it 116-112 to Eggington.
Lewis Ritson stunned Robbie Barrett, dropping the UK lightweight champion multiple times until the towel was thrown in from the corner in round seven.
Ritson took the spoils in a highly entertaining battle and is now 13-0, whilst Conor Benn improved to 9-0 with a demolition job on Nathan Clarke.
After the fight, promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed Benn would feature on the debut Matchroom Boxing USA card featuring Danny Jacobs and Luis Arias next month.
Ex-British title holder Scott Cardle warmed up for a possible shot at regaining his Lonsdale Belt against Ritson with a six round points decision over Lee Connelly, before Hosea Burton showed why he’s nicknamed ‘The Hammer’ by letting his shots go and taking out Ratu Latianara in double-quick time.
Burton is now 20-1 after what was the third first session stoppage of his career.
Gavin McDonnell blasted out Jozsef Ajtai to continue working his way back up the rankings. McDonnell lost a WBC title challenge against Rey Vargas and will be aiming to step-up in the near future in a bid to land another opportunity.
Prior to that, Charlie Flynn won on points against Liam Richards at lightweight.
Marcus Morrison made a successful comeback from losing his last two bouts as the middleweight ended his clash with Mariusz Biskupski in the fourth round.
In a six round contest at super bantamweight, Joe Ham pushed to 12-0 by out-pointing Jose Aguilar 60-54, whilst Sam Hyde scored a six round points win (58-55) versus Gheorghe Danut.
In the opening bout, light heavyweight Jake Haigh moved to 7-0 by beating Anthony Fox over four rounds. Haigh took every round to continue his progress with minimal fuss.