Gavin McDonnell completed his impressive rise to the domestic elite of the super bantamweight division by outclassing the game Josh Wale at the Dome.
The Dunscroft fighter has earned a guaranteed shot for the British title, currently in the possession of Sheffield’s Kid Galahad.
And his performance on Saturday night suggested he will give the much lauded Ingle fighter a run for his money should the two face off.
The Doncaster-Barnsley clash did not bring the blood and thunder or raucous atmosphere expected but that was down to McDonnell’s control over proceedings which earned him a unanimous decision from the three judges, as wide as eight rounds with one.
He took charge from the first bell, showing superb skill, accuracy and intelligence to dominate.
Only when McDonnell looked a little too comfortable was he really punished, sloppiness picked up on by a good opponent.
One thing that can never be brought into question is Wale’s heart and determination. He took what McDonnell threw at him, never looking likely to have his night ended early.
But he now has decisions to make over the future direction of his career after this setback as his hopes of being called upon to again contend major titles suffered a big blow. For McDonnell, the rise continues and tantilising opportunities arrive.
Cudworth’s Andy Townend gave his career a massive boost despite defeat to former world title contender Rendall Munroe in an English super featherweight title eliminator.
Townend more than coped with what the classy veteran brought for so long and could so easily have produced a storybook stoppage of the Boxing Binman. Munroe was in all sorts of trouble when caught with a seemingly innocuous shot in the seventh, his legs becoming incredibly unstable.
But Townend used up too much energy hunting the knockdown and Munroe powered back, a pair of crunching body shots sending Townend down twice in the ninth. He recovered to see out the fight, losing 98-92.
Highly-fancied youngster Thomas Harty made a winning start to his pro career, winning every round against Elemir Rafael. The bantamweight has a particularly impressive range of punches.
Stainforth middleweight Mickey Davies returned after a long term hand injury with a laboured draw over six rounds against Duane Green.
Hatfield super flyweight Connor Nixon had a 40-37 points win over Brett Fidoe, returning to his in-and-out style with which he impressed so early in his career.
Harworth’s Josh Morgan won every round in his light welterweight contest againt Graham Fearn.