By Elliot Foster
Akeem Ennis-Brown kept hold of his title with a lopsided win on the scorecards.
The Gloucester super-lightweight retained the IBF European belt at the Vale Sports Arena in Cardiff, Wales.
Ennis-Brown took on former English and Central Area champion Bilal Rehman, exclusively live on iFL TV, as part of MTK Global’s output deal.
And after 10 rounds of pretty straightforward action last Saturday, the three scoring judges handed in tallies of 99 points to 91 in favour of ‘The Riidy Rival’, handing ‘Billy The Kid’ his first defeat in the paid code.
“I’m delighted,” he said. “We wanted a tough fight to prove that I am the best and I hope I’ve done that now.
“I want to know what’s next.”
MTK Global’s promoter Lee Eaton said that the future is bright for the current WBC Youth champion who went on to call out Robbie Davies Jr. and Joe Hughes.
Davies Jr. and Hughes meet in a British and European super-lightweight title showdown on March 30 at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool, exclusively live on Sky Sports and DAZN, and Ennis-Brown doesn’t believe either of the two would be able to live with him were they to get in the ring.
Elsewhere on the card, Jacob Robinson won a razor-thin decision on the scorecards against Jonny Phillips in just his fifth fight.
The son of former world champion Steve Robinson went all six and was victorious by just a point (58-57).
Meanwhile, Jacob Lovell picked up a stoppage win over Mohamed Mahmoud, Commonwealth champion Jay Harris won on points against Brett Fidoe and Kazakh southpaw Nurtas Azhbenov was victorious over the durable Chris Adaway by a margin of 60 points to 53.
Alex Hughes needed less than a round to dispose of Nicaragua’s Wilmer Gonzalez. The skilful middleweight has looked red hot since his return from a serious eye injury and has now recorded four consecutive first-round knockouts en-route to advancing his ledger to 13-0 with seven quick.
And at the start of the night, Kieran Gething earned his second victory in less than a month with a points win over Damian Esquisabel, while there were wins for Angelo Dragone, Rhys Edwards and Maredudd Thomas.
But there was slight disappointment for David White Jr. as he only managed to register a draw on his homecoming. White had moments of success but they were often amidst crowding attacks from an inspired Miguel Aguilar, who recorded his first non-loss since 2015, as the pair battled to a 38-38 scorecard from the referee after four.