Carl Frampton retained his interim version of the WBO featherweight title with a dominant display as the Irishman fulfilled a lifelong dream to compete at Windsor Park.
The Belfast crowd loved every minute as Frampton took round after round and broke Australian Luke Jackson’s spirit throughout.
Jackson’s eye began to swell early on and it became more and more difficult for the Olympian to see. Frampton dropped him in the eighth and the corner then threw in the towel in the next session.
Post-fight, Josh Warrington took the ring to offer Frampton a shot at the IBF title, which promoter Frank Warren said will happen before the turn of the year.
In the co-feature, Tyson Fury confirmed he will fight Deontay Wilder this year in Las Vegas following a ten-round victory over Francesco Pianeta on Saturday night.
The 30 year-old eased through every round against the German-Italian to take a convincing points win at Windsor Park in Belfast.
After the verdict, Wilder took to the ring to square-up to Fury before both men stated the WBC heavyweight title clash was a done deal.
Not only Fury is convinced the contest will go down in the boxing capital of Nevada, some of Wilder’s team and those close to the fight have told WBN the fight will happen at the T-Mobile Arena, probably in November.
The fight will be broadcast on Showtime PPV in the United States and on BT Sport Box Office in the UK.
Paddy Barnes lost out in his bid to claim the WBC flyweight title as the double Olympic medallist suffered a hammer blow in the fourth.
In three close rounds prior, champion Cristofer Rosales was clearly the bigger puncher, although Barnes did have success with eye-catching combinations.
Rosales found the target in the third and fourth rounds before a crunching body shot crippled Barnes to the solar-plexus right at the end of the session and referee Victor Loughlin counted out the Irishman.
Stephen Ward picked up an Irish title with a points verdict against Steve Collins Jr. Ward, a training partner of Carl Frampton, took a decisive eight-round decision win 79-75 to have his hands raised.
Middleweight Conrad Cummings got back to winning ways against the durable Nicky Jenman by claiming all six rounds with the ring official. Cummings can now boast a C.V of 14-2-1 as the Irishman bids to secure sterner tests down the line.
Marco McCullough clocked up the 20th triumph of his pro career with a six-round decision win over Jordan Ellison. McCullough controlled the action to see out the super-featherweight contest 60-55.
On his pro debut, Stephen Donnelly out-pointed Kevin McCauley with a whitewash at light-middleweight, whilst Sam Maxwell took out Chris Truman in the third round of their light-welterweight bout.
Also making his first start in the paid ranks, Sean McComb halted Reynaldo Mora in the final round of four to begin his lightweight career with a bang, before Luke Keeler potentially set-up a rematch with the aforementioned Cummings with a 79-73 win over Dwayne Grant through eight.
Featherweight and Team Fury member Isaac Lowe kicked off proceedings with a routine 40-36 victory over Jose Hernandez.
The former European and British title challenger was a late addition to the card and warmed up easily for his forthcoming rematch with Ryan Walsh.
Prior to the main event double-header, welterweight Lewis Crocker eased to victory over journeyman William Warburton.
All pictures by Chris Roberts / Frank Warren