Ellie Scotney claimed the European super-bantamweight title and set up a likely world title shot as she dominated Mary Romero in impressive fashion over ten rounds at Wembley Arena.
At 24, Scotney is a serious talent. Trained by Shane McGuigan, this was only her sixth professional fight. And while she is yet to stop an opponent, she has been matched tough.
Scotney controlled the distance well, was economical with her punches but always edged forward putting pressure on Romero, who was making the third defence of the title. Romero did have her moments, catching Scotney with the right as she moved away, but while she shook her head as the unanimous decision was read out, she could have no complaints.
In the first round, a clash of heads seems to bother the champion. But Scotney always seemed to be making the Spanish boxer fight slightly outside her comfort zone.
The first big success for Scotney came in the fourth when a couple of good rights seemed to hurt Romero, but the Londoner kept in her face using her jab and a short right hook to good effect.
By the seventh round, Romero was backing off around the ring as she seemed to run out of ideas.
Romero did land with the occasional overhand right, but Scotney’s work up close was very good. A left hook-come-uppercut hurt Romero in the eighth round and when she backed it up with a heavy right, Romero was staggered slightly.
Scotney went into another gear in the ninth round as she went after the finish, forcing Romero to hold on. Romero tried her luck with some big rights in the final round and had some success in the final seconds, but the fight looked long gone by then.
Scores of 97-93, 97-94 and 96-94 – from Daniel Van De Wiele, Giuseppe Quarterone and Oliver Brien respectively - were no more than Scotney deserved.
Irish banger Gary Cully continued to add to his reputation as a massive puncher as he unleashed a huge left hand to stop Jaouad Belmedhi, of France in just 35 seconds.
The unbeaten Belmehdi tried to close down the ring from the start, but after he missed with a hook, Cully, backed up into a corner, landed a peach of a left that dropped Belmehdi on his back.
As the Frenchman tried to rise he fell into, and almost through, the ropes, causing referee Victor Loughlin to wave it off. The lightweight fight had been scheduled for ten rounds.
Cully, 26, is now unbeaten in 15 fights.
Thomas Whittaker Hart lost his unbeaten record as Mickey Ellison held on to his Central Area light-heavyweight title with a narrow ten-round decision.
Whittaker Hart was hurt near the end of the fourth round and also had to deal with a nasty cut, but stuck at it. Referee Michael Alexander scored it 96-95 to Ellison, whose record rises to 14-4 on the back of the biggest win of his career to date.
Middleweight Jordan Reynolds advanced to 4-0 as he was made a 60-55 winner by referee Marcus McDonnell over Spanish veteran Jose Manuel Lopez Clavero.
John Hedges moved to 7-0 with a wide points win over Ales Makovec, of the Czech Republic, referee Alexander scoring it 60-53 after a light-heavyweight six-rounder.
Ron Lewis is a senior writer for BoxingScene. He was Boxing Correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 - covering four Olympic Games and numerous world title fights across the globe. He has written about boxing for a wide variety of publications worldwide since the 1980s.