Heavyweight Scott Belshaw chalked up a solid points victory over Pavol Polakovic on Saturday night at the York Hall, Bethnal Green.
Big hitting Belshaw, from Lisburn, was having his first eight-rounder and overall will have been pleased with the work-out against the man from the Czech Republic.
But there is clearly still a lot of work to be done as Belshaw too often missed quite wildly in his pursuit of a stoppage.
Belshaw though is starting to improve under new coach Brian Lawrence, using the jab more, though old habits die hard.
Having shown his natural power in the early stages of his career, Belshaw knows that he can take the likes of Polakovic out with a single blow though sometimes that lead to an over reliance on his power.
The 6ft 7’ gentle giant is now expected to be back in again next month.
Meanwhile, Juan Manuel Marquez won his lightweight debut, stopping Joel Casamayor for the first time in his career in Las Vegas.
As Marquez upped the tempo, Casamayor wasn't able to keep up and he was floored with a right in the 11th round.
Several big blows from Marquez followed and Casamayor went down for good with about seven seconds left in that round.
On the same card, Vernon Forrest dominated Sergio Mora from start to finish to regain the WBC light-middleweight title with a unanimous 12-round decision from the man he lost it too.