Elland Road erupted as Josh Warrington ripped the IBF belt from Lee Selby to become Leeds first ever world champion.
The ‘Warrior’ won via a split decision winning 113-115, 116-112, 115-113.
Warrington was much the aggressor during the opening rounds and rocked Selby in the second after a left hook to the jaw followed by a strike to the temple.
Selby, who was making a fifth defence of his IBF title, suffered an horrific cut above the left eye in the same round from a clash of heads. He was taken to the corner in the sixth-round before being allowed to continue.
Warrington remained the busier of the two fighters and landed the cleaner, crisper shots as Selby used all his experience to compose himself during the later rounds.
However, Warrington edged a thrilling contest with the support of the Kaiser Chiefs and 25,000 fans in attendance.
Double Olympic champion Nicola Adams OBE skittled over three-time world title challenger Soledad Del Valle Frias with ONE SECOND remaining of the first-round.
Ending the contest at 2:59, fans were bemused at ringside as the contest was billed as a 10×2 minute affair.
None-the-less, the charismatic 34-year-old made it four wins out of four and will be hoping to add a world title to her mantelpiece in 2018.
Just after the Adams win, Jack Catterall’s fight with Christopher Sebire was ended early after a suspected dislocation to the shoulder left the Frenchman no option but to retire.
Chorley’s super-lightweight, who is aiming for a tilt at world glory, picked up the WBO Intercontinental title and has cited Ohara Davies as a potential opponent next.
Darren Tetley became the new WBO European welterweight title as he stopped Mason Cartwright in the ninth-round.
It was a barnstormer of a contest and it was Bradford’s Tetley who was under pressure during the early rounds with the Ellesmere Port boxer on the front-foot.
However, it was the Yorkshireman who prevailed, flooring Cartwright in the eighth-round with a glancing left-hook to the jaw.
Despite picking himself up from the canvas, referee Phil Edwards intervened and called for the doctor’s opinion as blood poured from the nose and mouth of Cartwright. The 25-year-old was unfit to continue stating a mouth laceration as the reasoning.
Hackney’s Ohara Davies defeated Ahmed Ibrahim making his first outing under the Frank Warren stable.
The 26-year-old gained some much-needed rounds, winning 60-54 on the scorecards in his first outing of 2018.
Now 17-1, next up for Davies is a match-up against Josh Leather in the summer.
Exciting prospect Mark Heffron made an impressive statement of intent winning via a fourth-round stoppage to overcome Adam Grabiec.
Middleweight Danny Wright was also victorious, producing a points victory over Romford’s Mikey Sakyi.
Earlier, Lyon Woodstock produced a classy performance to record a points win over Edwin Tellez. The super-featherweight, from Leicester, dominated the Spaniard winning the eight-round contest 80-72.
Fred Evans opened the undercard at Elland Road, outpointing Daryll Sharp to extend his record to 5-0.
There were also point victories for Reece Mould, Leeds local Jack Bateson, who won every round to record a 40-36 point victory.
Also on the bill, Jack Daniel wasted no time flattening Latvia’s Zigurds Krauklis in the first round, whilst light-heavyweight and new Frank Warren signing Willy Hutchinsonovercame Adam Jones by beating the Welshman 40-37 in the float.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95