Jack Catterall retained his WBO Inter-Continental light-welterweight title with a sixth-round stoppage of wild man Gabriel Calfin.
The Chorley southpaw, who is ranked 10th in the world by the WBO, was a worthy winner in a scrappy, foul-ridden contest at the Manchester Velodrome.
Referee Marcus McDonnell had to deduct points from both boxers during the fight.
Despite the setback, the 22-year-old’s class shone and after a flurry of punches on the ropes, the contest was waved off with 1.20 on the clock.
Victory for Catterall – his second consecutive win over an Argentinian opponent – saw his record extended to 12-0 with eight knockouts.
Catterall was buoyed by a strong Chorley following and the atmosphere was electric as he walked to the ring.
It was a scrappy opening round and, from the off, southpaw Calfin went into a shell as he struggled with the power of Catterall.
Referee McDonnell was involved straight away as he dished out a warning to Calfin for holding.
Catterall continued to land single shots but the awkward and negative style of Calfin was a problem and the former was deducted a point for hitting around the back of the head.
It was clear Calfin was struggling with the power but it was Catterall who was deducted a second point in the third after the Argentine was bundled to the floor.
It was the turn of Calfin to lose a point in the fourth as referee McDonnell had clearly had enough of the holding. The fifth was much of the same, and Calfin had another point chalked off for use of the head.
A doctor was called to the ring in the early stages of sixth to assess the right eye of Calfin.
Seconds after being given the all clear, Catterall closed down his opponent, landing several big shots before McDonnell stepped in.