Maxi Hughes warmed up in style for his upcoming high stakes South Yorkshire derby as he convincingly out-pointed Fonz Alexander in Leeds.
The Doncaster fighter won each of the six rounds of his clash with Alexander at the First Direct Arena, on the undercard of a victory for regular sparring partner and hometown favourite Josh Warrington.
Victory stretched the 26-year-old’s record to 16-2-2 and his attention will now turn to a future clash with Barnsley-based Andy Townend.
The British Boxing Board of Control have ordered Hughes and ‘KO Kid’ Townend to meet in a British title final eliminator by the end of August.
Townend’s English super featherweight title will also be on the line in the contest which has been put out to purse bids.
Townend’s trainer and manager Stefy Bull is known to be keen to secure the fight for one of his future shows at The Dome in Doncaster.
The Leeds card also saw the debut of Doncaster fighter Reece Mould who made an explosive start to his professional career. Mould twice put down opponent Phil Hervey in the first round with referee calling an end to the contest at the end of those three minutes.
And Denaby Main’s Adam Jones produced the latest surprise victory of his career on the road as he stopped Lincoln’s Darren Baptist in the fifth of six rounds.
Jones is regularly an away fighter taking on fancied opponents and is rarely walked over as Saturday’s win - the sixth in his 24 fight career - proved.