Jorge Linares took just two rounds to figure out Mercito Gesta as the Venezuelan pushed towards a unification against Mikey Garcia in the summer.
The 32 year-old was slow out of the blocks but made the necessary adjustments after six minutes and proceeded to win eight of the next ten rounds on the WBN Scorecard.
Gesta was never overawed by Linares, although lacked that cutting edge you need at the top level and drops a second loss from his 35th career bout.
Judges carded 118-110 (twice) and 117-111 in favor of the WBA lightweight champion who has been ordered to negotiate with Garcia from March 12.
Vasyl Lomachenko has also been sounded out as a possible opponent, although more is set to develop once Garcia fights Sergey Lipinets at 140 in six weeks time.
In undercard action, Argentinian super lightweight Marcelino Lopez inflicted a twelfth career loss on Breidis Prescott as the contender pushes towards a world title shot.
Lopez dropped Prescott in the fifth round before repeating job and seeing the Colombian stay down for the ten count.
Now 34-2-1, Lopez builds on his stoppage win over Pablo Cesar Cano, whilst Prescott should maybe now contemplate his retirement.
The defeat for Prescott means any chance of a lucrative rematch with Amir Khan is now out of the window for good.
In a featherweight bout, Francisco Esparza upset previously unbeaten Tenochtitlan Nava in the sixth round of a scheduled eight.
Esparza got back in the win column after drawing his last contest but remains undefeated in his own right on 7-0-1 as Nava drops to 7-1.
Following Esparza’s shocker, lightweight Romero Duno took out Yardley Cruz in just one round for a 16th victory.
Francisco Martinez kicked off the action when scoring a six-round unanimous verdict over Danny Flores as the 21 year-old featherweight made it five straight wins in the pro ranks.
Also on the bill, super welterweight Daquan Arnett improved to 17-1 with a triumph of his own against Osbaldo Gonzales, whilst featherweight Ferdinand Kerobyan defeated Lucius Johnson – both over the six round distance.