Nick Ball got his 10th professional win last weekend.
The 22-year-old was in action for the third time this calendar year and already has another date in the diary.
Ball dominated over six rounds against Abdon Cesar at Greenbank Sports Academy in his home city on Saturday night, atop a Black Flash Promotions card in association with Everton Red Triangle.
After moving into double figures, the talented youngster has been named as a reserve in the MTK Global’s Golden Contract featherweight tournament on October 4 at Bethnal Green’s famous York Hall venue, exclusively live on Sky Sports.
Ball, who will come up against former European Union featherweight title challenger Razaq Najib in the capital next month, barely put a foot wrong against the Cameroon-born man, who is based in County Durham, cruising to a decision by a margin of 60 points to 54.
And he will now be in the aforementioned Golden Contract competition on the same night as Jazza Dickens is in action alongside Ryan Walsh, Leigh Wood and a number of other big talents.
Meanwhile, James Heneghan dazzled on his way to a points win. The southpaw made a great start to his career in the paid ranks back in April when he outpointed Genadij Krajevskij and he dropped his opponent Martin Kabrhel, from Czech Republic, in a similarly controlled display this time around before coming out on top by a somewhat peculiar margin of 40-36 given the knockdowns in the third and fourth rounds.
Heneghan will be back out again on November 15 at the Eventim Olympia in his home city when he is set to come up against Chris Jenkinson.
Carly Skelly got the better of Sofia’s Roz Mari Silyanova over four across two-minute stanzas to improve on her ledger since turning over earlier this year.
Jonathan Walsh stopped the usually durable Youssef Al Hamidi, with third man Darren Sarginson calling a halt to proceedings after one minute and 27 seconds of the second.
Referee Sarginson also oversaw a pair of four-rounders between Jack McKinlay and William Warburton and Bradley Strand and Nabil Ahmed.
The local duo were victorious by margins of 40-36, with debutant McKinlay getting his feet under the table after punching for pay for the first time against Atherton’s ambitious Warburton and Strand, a former ABA senior elite champion at 56kg, getting his second win as a pro against the man from Batley in Yorkshire. Both will be back in action at the same venue on November 30.
Andrew Cain impressed the watching masses with a flawless performance against Elvis Guillen.
Guillen, from Nicaragua but based in Spain, was on the wrong end of something of a hiding from the cool and composed 23-year-old Scouser as he was stopped after 85 seconds of the second round by Darren Sarginson.
Harry Woods, another former standout amateur, will be back between the ropes later this year after nailing down his third win as a pro. Woods comfortably outpointed the awkward Victor Edagha to earn a 40-36 win.
And Mikey Hedges joined Mathew Rennie in securing a points win.
Hedges was in against the tricky, durable and game Jamie Quinn, from Stockport, who went the distance with former two-time world title challenger Stephen Smith back in June, and came out on top by a solitary point as Darren Sarginson gave it to him by 39 points to 38.
Isle of Man’s Rennie outpointed Blackburn’s Naheem Chaudhry on Mark Lyson’s card (40-36) and will be back out on October 26 after advancing to 3-0-1.
But there was disappointment for Connor Butler as the talented bantamweight was involved in a head clash against Steven Maguire. The referee, Mark Lyson, took Maguire to the doctor who advised that, after 30 seconds of the second round, the fight be stopped and called a technical draw. Butler could yet be handed a spot on the aforementioned November 30 card back at Greenbank.