Lytham’s Scott Cardle was in little hurry to plan his future after laying claim to his first title as a professional, lifting the Central Area lightweight championship with a points win over Yorkshire’s Maxi Hughes.
Fleetwood referee Steve Gray gave it to Cardle by 98 points to 94 after 10 often bloody rounds.
Cardle sustained a cut eye and a damaged right-hand.
The blood flowed copiously and gruesomely from both men after a sickening clash of heads in the seventh round.
Blood seeped from a wound on Hughes’ head which needed six stitches.
He had a swollen right eye, a legacy of Cardle’s accuracy.
Hughes was bamboozled by Cardle’s speed of feet and head movement in the first three rounds.
He couldn’t get to the slick, elusive Cardle at all, while the Lytham man picked off his shots with dexterity and force.
Hughes came more into it in the latter stages but Cardle, not quite so fast on his feet late on, still held sway.
It was a commendable effort for Cardle in his first 10-rounder against an unbeaten boxer and he was rightly proud to have maintained his 100 per cent record.
Cardle said: “This is what I prepared for and I never had any doubt in my mind.
“I hurt my hand in the sixth round, when I caught him on the top of the head.
“I felt the knuckle go back, so we will see what kind of damage has been done.
“I knew if I landed with it again, I would be in a lot of bother, so I kept the jab out and kept moving my head.”
Cardle said the cut had not bothered him unduly: “I knew I was ahead.
“Definitely this is the first of many titles but we will have to wait and see what (trainer) Joe Gallagher and (promoter) Eddie Hearn think I should conquer next.”