KIRKHAM’S Adam Little maintained his perfect professional boxing record at Manchester Velodrome.
The 21-year-old welterwight made it seven wins out of seven with a points victory over Birmingham’s Dee Mitchell on Saturday night.
Little again had trainer Ricky Hatton in his corner for the six-rounder, in which he inflicted a 21st career defeat on Mitchell, on the undercard of the Scott Quigg/Rendall Munroe fight.
The world title ambitions of both those superbantamweights remain on hold after their interim WBA contest was ruled a technical draw.
An accidental clash of heads at the start of the third left Leicester’s Munroe with a deep cut above his right eye.
Blood poured from the 32-year-old’s wound, leaving referee Howard Foster with little option but to end the contest early and call a draw, as the scorecards can only be consulted after four completed rounds
An anticipated showdown between the winner and Commonwealth champion Carl Frampton must now be placed on the back burner.
In the evening’s main support, Sheffield light-middleweight Ryan Rhodes saw his dreams of becoming a two-time European champion brutally dashed by Belarus’ Sergey Rabchenko.
The 35-year-old former two-time British title winner was undone by a chilling left hook to the body six seconds from the end of round seven.
St Helens middleweight Martin Murray stayed on course for another world-title shot with a routine points win over French champion Karim Achour.