Mason Cartwright almost gained his sixth professional knockout before easing to a 79-73 points victory over Edvinas Puplauskas at the Eventim Olympia in Liverpool.
The Ellesmere Port fighter immediately came out of the blocks aiming to impress the rapturous crowd when he fired a short-left hook to leave his Lithuanian opponent crawling on the canvas.
Although, Puplauskas managed to beat the count, it was a clear indication of how the rest of the contest was to plan out.
Despite a solid onslaught, Cartwright could not find that one shot which would end the fight in the opening round.
The 26-year-old looked a class above in the following few rounds, wearing down Puplauskas with rangy shots to the body.
The away boxer was fighting on fear in the fourth and fifth, catching Cartwright on occasions but unable to sustain his attacks.
‘Nutty’ continued to land punches from different angles before using his straight jab and uppercut to great effect in the mid rounds.
Although, Cartwright aimed for the finish in the last round with that dangerous left hook, the late stoppage didn’t come.
Puplauskas provided Cartwright with a stern test that should do him good in the long run if he is to challenge for domestic and European titles in the future.
Farrell shocked in hometown
Jay Farrell suffered his first professional defeat when he was stopped in the first round by Kent Kauppinen.
The London born cruiserweight had no intentions of becoming Farrell’s eighth victim as he immediately came out of the blocks looking to catch the Liverpudlian.
It was a clean left hook that accumulated in the 30 year old’s downfall with an ambush of combinations following before a huge right hand floored him to the canvas.
The shaky Farrell managed to beat the count, only to be met with another punch perfect display from Kauppinen which forced the referee’s intervention.
Phillips pleases his home crowd
Brian Phillips portrayed his range of boxing skills to take apart Liam Richards and seal a convincing 40-36 points victory.
The 25-year-old, whose only defeat came against Nick Ball, used his constant work rate and excellent footwork throughout the contest to bypass Richards.
Phillips started by boxing off the jab, landing plenty of combinations to both head and body in the opening rounds.
Uppercuts were a theme of the Scousers arsenal which he utilised at a plenty, especially to ‘Rocco’s’ midriff, as he did well to soak up the damage.
In spite of finishing the fight with a late flurry, Phillips negated his opponents attack by circling him and firing back with his own up until the final bell.
Other results on the night
Courtney Chadwick bt Michael Horabin
Lee Whelan bt Paul Cummings
Nathan Bennett bt Carl Turney
Nathan Quarless bt Dmitrij Kalinovskij
Joe Kavanagh bt Joe Beeden
Sean Cairns bt Luke Fash
Shawn Hughes bt Genadij Krajevskij