Anthony Crolla emerged victorious in the first defence of his WBA lightweight title against Ismael Barroso, stopping the Venezuelan hitman inside seven rounds at the Manchester Arena.
Crolla entered the fight as an underdog but took the fight to Barroso, pouring the pressure on the challenger until Barroso could take no more.
Once again it was a body shot that captured the victory for Crolla, who stopped Darleys Perez with a similar shot to claim his title.
“I honestly knew that I would beat him,” said Crolla. “It got my back up people saying that I would swerve him. This is my house; no-one takes my belt from my house.
“I am improving every fight. He hits hard, believe me, but I have worked too hard. The team has pushed me so hard for this one. I knew how the fight was going to go after 30 seconds. He felt a body shot in the third, and it was just a clipping one, I knew he was hurt to the body and that I could get the stoppage.
“These are the nights you come into boxing for – people said that I would be remembered well after tonight, and they were right, I hope everyone enjoyed it and the nights here are only going to get better.”