MAXI Hughes came close to capping a workmanlike performance with a stoppage as he eased to victory over Ivan Godor.
The well-supported Rossington lightweight was expected to be involved in an out-and-out brawl with his Slovakian opponent but he controlled the bout from the off to return to winnings ways following a draw last time out.
Godor touched down late in the six round contest and despite it seeming more of a stumble, referee Mark Lyson delivered a count.
It was met but it did allow Hughes to put the exclamation point on a comfortable win, earning a 60-53 decision.
Hughes chose his shots well from the beginning of the bout and got very little back from Godor in the early stages.
Even when Godor began to exert himself a little more, Hughes was never troubled and continued to plug away confidently.
Hughes maintained a steady pace and tempo throughout the six rounds, never dropping his workrate despite his opponent offering little in return.
The performance will have boosted confidence in Hughes’ ability to control a contest and will stand him in good stead for a maiden title shot which is likely to come in the autumn.
* For action photos and more analysis see the Free Press on Thursday June 14