Zelfa Barrett took a huge step forward with his career as he outclassed Faroukh Korbanov to claim the European super-featherweight title on the Ogawa-Cordina bill in Cardiff.
Korbanov won the vacant title in December, having previously lost to Joe Cordina last March at Wembley.
But while he had run Cordina close, Korbanov was nowhere close to Barrett, who started well and built a big lead before picking off a completely dispirited Korbanov in the latter rounds.
The decision was a landslide, with scores of 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110 to win the European title, matching the achievement of his uncle, and trainer, Pat Barrett. He also underlined his case to challenge the winner of the top=of-the-bill for the IBF title next.
Dalton Smith continued his impressive rise as the game Mauro Perouene, of Argentina, was retired on his stool at the end of the sixth round of their super-lightweight ten-rounder.
It was a dominant display by Smith – who moved to 11-0 – as he took his time breaking down the Argentinian fighter, switching his punches well from head to body.
Smith dropped Perouene at the end of the sixth round with a looping overhand right, although he seemed to trip over Smith’s foot on the way to the floor. Perouene was pulled out by his corner at the end of the round.
Having had Sam Maxwell and Akeem Ennis-Brown pull out of proposed British title fights against him, Eddie Hearn said he was keen to get an opponent to fight for the vacant title for a show on August 6.
“This is a young man who can go on and win world titles and I'd love to see him do it the traditional way - British, European, world titles,” Hearn said. “It would be a big shame if he didn’t get his hands on a British title; that Lonsdale Belt is really prestigious. So, we don’t want to skip that.”
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.