Welsh middleweight Gary 'the Pocket Rocket' Lockett reversed the only defeat of his
career when he overcame Yuri Tsarenko at the Kingsway Sports Centre in Widnes.
Lockett (left) says he is ready for any middleweight in the country
The Russian took Lockett's IBO Intercontinental light-middleweight crown with a points victory over 12 brutal rounds in
Cardiff last April, but this time the Cwmbran man won a 10-round points decision.
The previous encounter set Lockett's mercurial career back on its heels, and the latest win was not one to thrill the fans.
Lockett is renowned for big knockout performances, but in front of American TV cameras he looked content to out-box his
opponent and edge the win.
Tsarenko came on strong in the late rounds and left the Welshman bruised under both eyes, but Lockett still did enough for a
comfortable win. He was not happy with his performance, though.
"I took this fight at two weeks notice and kept getting caught with shots from nowhere," he said.
"I knew that last time against Tsarenko I was weight-weakened and had hurt both hands.
"This is still the most pleasing win of my career. I'm back to where I was and ready to take on any of the middleweights in
A year from now I'll be British champion
On the Lockett undercard, Newbridge's Bradley Pryce made a winning return after his failed British title challenge to Neil Sinclair three months ago.
'Sugar Sweet' Pryce got an impressive 10-round points win over previously undefeated Russian Ivan Kirpa.
The heavy-punching Russian light-welterweight got through to Pryce on a number of occasions, but the Welshman rode the shots comfortably and was the superior boxer.
"I've lost my last two fights and had to come here to win," said Pryce, "A year from now I'll be British champion."
Pontypool's exciting young light-welterweight Tony Doherty made a winning start to his professional career in his four rounder with Karl Taylor (Birmingham).
Doherty dropped his man in the second round before easing to a points victory.
Manchester youngster Andy Morris got over a slow start and a point deduction
for low blows to claim a hard-fought points win over Sheffield's Daniel Thorpe.
Morris floored Thorpe with a superb counter punch at the end of the first
round and from that moment on the result was not in doubt.
Heavyweight prospect John McDermott also won on points but suffered the
embarrassment of a flash third-round knockdown against Belarussian Konstantin
Pembroke heavyweight Scott Gammer had his contest cancelled because the show had overrun.
Four rounds, light middleweight: Paul Smith (Liverpool) bt Andrei Ivanov
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Four rounds bantamweight: Derrie Matthews (Liverpool) bt Steve Gethin (Walsall)