Bantamweight contender Prince Patel scored his TENTH victory of the year on Saturday night with a fifth round stoppage of Julias Kisarawe in Budapest.
The WBO top ten-rated and IBF number six southpaw had too much power for Kisarawe and has now recorded nine knockouts this year alone.
Patel had hoped the fight would be for Jason Moloney’s old Commonwealth title, although will now concentrate on continuing his progress through the ratings.
Speaking to World Boxing News after the fight, Patel said: Julias is a credible opponent for Simon Block (CBC Head) to sanction that for a Commonwealth title but sadly it was not meant to be,” he said.
“Julias previously went eight rounds with Arnold Khegai and was pencilled in to fight Jamie Conlan in November 2016 in an IBF world title final eliminator but the fight never happened.
“He’s a great guy and we got along before and after the fight. Julias is a very nice man and I wish him the best in the future,” added Patel.
The win could see Patel improve on his June ranking of 10 with the World Boxing Organisation as the highly active 25 year-old edges closer to a world title shot over the next twelve months.
In the United States, a battle of two former world champions saw Vivian Harris avenge his May 2017 defeat to DeMarcus Corley in Memphis.
‘Vicious’ was handed a unanimous decision after twelve round, with judges carding 118-110 and 116-112 (twice) in his favor.
Harris had lost a tight ten round contest fourteen months ago, and as the veterans have one victory apiece, a rubber match could now be in the pipeline.
Corley dropped to 51-31-1 with the reverse in what was his 82nd career bout, whilst Harris is now 33-12-2 following his 47th outing.
In Liverpool, England, Nick Ball stopped fellow unbeaten lightweight Brian Phillips via a second-round stoppage at Greenbank Sports Academy.