Red hot prospect Jack Catterall improved to 14-0 and bagged himself a mandatory shot at the British Super-Lightweight Title after taking a hard-fought unanimous decision win over Joe Hughes.
It was a thrilling encounter, as challenger Hughes showed incredible levels of fitness and determination to continually ask questions of the talented and now 15-0 champion and mandatory challenger for the British Title, Jack Catterall.
The scorecards came home 115-113, 117-112 and 117-113 in favour of the defending WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight Champion.
Rising star Jack Catterall defends his WBO Intercontinental Super-Lightweight Title against Joe Hughes at the Premier Suite at the Macron Stadium, Bolton on Friday 13 May.
This intriguing clash doubles up as a final eliminator for the British Title, currently held by Tyrone Nurse.
Unbeaten Catterall is one of the U.K’s biggest prospects having raced to 14-0 (9 KO) in his first three years as a professional.
At just 22, the slick southpaw has picked up invaluable sparring experience with Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez.
Impressive stoppage victories against Noe Nunez and Gabriel Calfin either side of October’s points win against previously unbeaten Jarkko Putkonen, all to retain his WBO Intercontinental strap have seen the Chorley ace rise to #5 in the World rankings.
With domestic honours still firmly in sight, Catterall faces English Champion Joe Hughes next.
Hughes has tasted defeat only once as a pro, coming early on in his career and retained his title last time out against Anthony Upton with a unanimous points decision win.
The 25 year old edged Anthony Hardy last July with a narrow split decision verdict to pick up the English title, the second belt of his professional career to date after previously holding the Southern Area strap.
On the undercard, Luke Blackledge defends his Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Title, Jimmy Kelly returns to action after his World Title shot last time out plus prospects Jack Flattley, Joe Costello and Dale Coyne also feature.