Sam "Bullet" Bowen (13-0) put the 126lbs division on alert as he became the new British super-featherweight champion after defeating Maxi "Maximus" Hughes (18-4-2) via eighth-round stoppage at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on April 14.
The 26-year-old Bowen, trained and managed by Carl Greaves, put in a mature performance to punish the experienced Hughes, 28 from Rossington, with strong body shots and relentless pressure.
Bowen dropped Hughes in the seventh with a vicious body blow and downed him again just before the bell sounded.
Referee Victor Loughlin called a time out to inspect the Yorkshireman's right eye at the beginning of the eighth segment, the doctor ruling that Hughes couldn’t continue, declaring Bowen the winner.
Manager, Carl Greaves - a former pro who operated in the same divison during 1996-2004, winning the Midlands Area and WBF World super-featherweight titles - praised his talented student post-fight, "I knew my man wouldn't let me down! Sam "Bullet" Bowen - the new British super-featherweight champion, thanks to everyone for their support."
Bowen is now unbeaten in 13 contests with an impressive nine wins inside the distance - stats that will undoubtedly put the fear into the rest of the super-featherweight division, which includes names such as Martin J Ward, Zelfa Barrett and Lyon Woodstock.