With the dust finally settling on a memorable night for British boxing, we look over the highlights from last weekend at the Manchester Arena.
Flanagan v Magdaleno
Terry Flanagan retained his WBO World Lightweight Title stopping Diego Magdaleno in spectacular fashion in the second round.
Mandatory challenger Magdaleno was dropped three times, one by a savage pin point uppercut by the determined Champion ‘Turbo’ in front of his home fans.
Smith v Thompson
Liam Smith became the first Smith brother to collect World honours with a punch of the month contender knockout victory over John Thompson.
After a tricky opening few rounds, ‘Beefy’ came to terms with Thompson’s jab and made inroads getting up close to land the telling shots.
After the ‘Apollo Kidd’ failed to make the count, emotional scenes from friends and family followed with Smith lifting the WBO World Junior Middleweight Title.
Stalker v Evans
The night’s most controversial sticking point after the bout was declared a draw with Stalker seemingly ahead.
Another contest which lived up to the show’s title, the ten round contest was fought at a ferocious pace with Evans fading in the last quarter.
‘The Captain’ Stalker pressed hard for a stoppage in the last with the referee taking a close look but the durable Evans stuck out and surprisingly nicked a draw.
Gonzalez v Kays
We all love a good local derby and this lived up to the pre-fight hype.
Adrian Gonzalez knocked Jon Kays down four times on the way to picking up a fourth round stoppage in this grudge match.
Gonzalez produced a sensational uppercut to stop the gutsy Kays in his tracks.
Singh v Whiting
Indian boxing hero Vijender Singh’s much anticipated professional debut went according to plan with a third round stoppage over Sonny Whiting.
After a tentative opening, Singh found his range and stopped Whiting when he unleashed a devastating combination to show he’s carried power over from the amateur game.
Burnett v Kanalas
Belfast’s Ryan Burnett moved onto 11-0 with an early stoppage over late stand-in Robert Kanalas to pick up the vacant WBO European bantamweight title.
Burnett’s accurate and crisp punches were once again on display to show the BoxNation TV audience why he’s so highly rated.