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Victorious Anthony Cacace has yet to reach his top gear

By Steve Wellings

Anthony Cacace led the way on Saturday's Odyssey undercard with a wide points win over Santiago Bustos.

Cacace shrugged off a hand injury, suffered in the second round, to take the spoils by an 80-71 margin on Hugh Russell Jnr's reckoning.

The Belfast man started brightly, using his sizeable height and reach advantages to blunt the crude assaults of Spaniard Bustos.

"He beat a highly-ranked fighter in his last fight and I outpointed him easily enough so I have much more to give," said Cacace.

Conrad Cummings defeated Roberto Palenzuela 60-54 on Paul McCullagh's scorecard. Someone's zero had to go in this battle of unbeaten boxers and it was Spain's Palenzuela who went home with a first loss. Cummings moves to 6-0 and was pleased with his night's work against a tough opponent.

"He caught me with a couple of shots but that's boxing. I feel like I'm learning all the time and when I throw at range I land more," said Cummings.

Marc McCullough is expecting a big title opportunity later this year and the 25-year-old ticked along with a routine first-round stoppage. His bout with Malkhaz Tatrishvili never looked like lasting the scheduled eight rounds once McCullough landed the right hand.

Tatrishvili shipped one and turned his back, prompting a flurry from McCullough and a swift intervention.

"Every time I hit this guy his legs wobbled. They're talking about me fighting again in April or May so I needed something here," admitted McCullough.

Paddy Gallagher posted the most impressive win of his career, outpointing Nicaraguan Miguel Aguilar 40-35. Disciplined Gallagher boxed to instructions and was well worth his win.

London heavyweight Dillian Whyte knocked out Beka Lobjanidze in the fourth round of a 10-rounder. Referee Phil Edwards counted the Georgian out at 1:10 after a knockdown.

Denton Vassell's career hangs by a thread after he was widely beaten by Ukraine veteran Viktor Plotnykov. Vassell hit the deck in rounds 10 and 12 en route to a unanimous points loss.

Portsmouth's Josh Pritchard won his debut on points.

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