Campbell Hatton remained unbeaten but was taken the full six rounds by Czech Republic’s Michal Dufek on the Smith-O’Maison bill in Sheffield.
The 21-year-old son of former British legend Ricky, Hatton started well but after initially looking likely to beat Dufek, the fight settled into a pattern as Dufek took some chances.
Dufek, 39, has won the majority of his 57 fights, but has lost every time he has stepped up in class and given future WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan a few rounds since arriving in the UK nine years ago.
The fight wasn’t even a minute in when Hatton landed a right uppercut and a left to the body, which was ruled a slip but hurt Dufek on the ground moments later. But Hatton kept the pressure on and rocked Dufek with a left hook near the end of the round.
They turned up the pressure in the second as Dufek mostly covered up. The one-sided action continued, but Hatton was often just hitting the arms, and he was cautioned for a low blow in the fourth.
Referee Howard Foster scored it 60-54 as Hatton moved to 8-0.
Highly touted featherweight prospect Hopi Price moved to 8-0 with an eight-round shutout points win over Nicaragua’s Alexander Mejia.
Price is a tall and stocky southpaw and he didn’t let Mejia get close to him, using a right jab as a measuring stick then whipping a left over the middle. Mejia ducked low and did his best to get under or inside guard, but when he got close, Price was adept at tying him up.
In the seventh, Price stepped up a gear, but Mejia was able to stick with it. Referee Steve Gray scored it 80-72.
Kieran Conway boxed at super-middleweight on his way up from super-welterweight to middleweight when he shook off some ring rust with a fifth-round stoppage of France’s Gregory Trenal in the show-opener.
Conway drew with Ted Cheesman for the British title in 2019 and last year Souleman dropped a split decision to Sissoko in Texas. He will face Austin Williams on the Canelo-Golovkin bill in Las Vegas next month.
Dominated the action, softening Trenol with the jab and creating openings to his right.
By the fifth round, Trenall was holding and when Conway opened up, he couldn’t escape. After Trenol was stunned backwards after a combination, referee Steve Gray stepped in at 2:22 of the fifth round.
Junaid Boston moved to 2-0 and the 20-year-old produced his second stoppage when he knocked out Spain’s Jose Clavero in the sixth of six rounds.
Boston has quick hands and mixes his shots well, although his hands-down style leaves him open at times, in the latter he clocked in with a decent shot.
But Clavero had no answer for the solid pressure and variety coming his way, especially when Boston used his feet to create good angles.
With 1:33 to go down, referee Gray waved it off and dropped an exhausted Clavero with a left hook, ready to finish in the last round, but he wasn’t content to see the rounds.
A featherweight six-rounder between Nico Levars and Spain’s Angel Gabriel Chavez ended in a technical draw at 0:59 of the second round.
Leavers dominated the first round, showing a sharp jab and some neat body punching, and Chavez looked well on his way to a stoppage victory when he walked away from a knee-taking head clash. The wound bled and after a trip to the ringside doctor, it was abandoned. Referee Howard Foster.
Aqib Fiyaz, 22, extended his unbeaten record to nine fights with a 59-55 decision over Jordan Ellison by referee Foster at super-featherweight.
Fiaz is aggressive and loads up on his shots, but tends to get caught on the way sometimes. Fiaz still kept the pressure on and looked like he could stop Ellison at the end of the fifth when he opened up. But Ellison had a tough season and saw out the final round.
Ron Lewis is a veteran writer for the boxing scene. He was the boxing correspondent for The Times, where he worked from 2001-2019 – covering four Olympic Games and several world title bouts around the world. He has written about boxing for a variety of publications around the world since the 1980s.