Brad Foster made sure he kept hold of his titles in the rematch against Lucien Reid.
The pair battled to a draw back in September and both had been keen to settle the score.
Foster and Reid clashed on Saturday night for the former’s British and Commonwealth super-bantamweight titles at York Hall.
The fight topped a card promoted by Frank Warren as the build-up to Tyson Fury’s rematch with Deontay Wilder, for the latter’s WBC world heavyweight title and vacant Ring Magazine belt, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas continued.
Scores of 112-116, 114-114 and 114-114 contributed to the first fight between Foster and Reid being called a draw, as the Lichfield champion failed to get to grips with the slippery style of Londoner Reid.
But the second outing between the duo was an altogether different story.
Foster, who moves on to 12-0-2 (5 KOs) with the win, managed to close the gap from the opening bell, fighting in bursts and even making Reid (8-1-2, 4 KOs) cover up early doors with sheer pressure.
Reid, trained by Alan Smith at the iBox Gym in Bromley, London, had few spells of success, but it was Foster who came out on top and ultimately broke the heart of the challenger, who never really got a foothold in the fight.
“I was under a lot of pressure to win this time,” Foster, 22, said in the aftermath. “I came into his back yard and I knew from the first fight that he’s a top lad so I had to be on the top of my game.”
The end of the fight was called at the end of the sixth, shortly after Foster had his most convincing round in the contest with Reid doing well to stay on his feet, after the aforementioned trainer of Reid, Alan Smith, pulled his man out.
And now Foster, nicknamed ‘The Blade’, is planning on a busy year in which he hopes for many more wins at domestic level before moving on.
“My dream is to own the Lonsdale belt outright,” he continued. “I know I hurt my hand in the fight and that it will need a lot of rest, but the dream is to keep going.”