James Tennyson will step up in class after coming through the toughest test of his fledgling career with an eight-round points win over Ian Bailey at the Devenish Complex in Belfast.
Referee Hugh Russell's 80-72 total in Tennyson's favour was accurate but did not fully represent the relentless pressure applied by the visitor.
The Belfast fighter later described the victory as a "confidence booster" that will serve to erase the ghosts of a first defeat suffered last year.
Tennyson set a red-hot pace for the first four rounds but any fears that he might implode down the stretch were swept aside as he met Bailey in the trenches for the remaining four sessions.
He landed some spiteful uppercuts to ensure Bailey left the ring with his face battered and bruised.
"Bailey's a tough guy who kept on coming forward even though I rocked him a few times," said Tennyson.
"He's been in with some big guys so I'm proud of myself and that will move me up the British title rankings."
Belfast's Martin Lindsay knocked out Krzysztof Rogowski in the third round of a rust-shedding exercise.
Lindsay avoided any injury mishaps despite Rogowski's propensity to throw in the head and elbows.
Lindsay's work was always crisper and Hugh Russell stopped the Polish boxer at 0:58 of the third, following some increased punishment.
Lindsay will now turn his attention to Commonwealth champion Josh Warrington on May 21. The British title could also be on the line if holder Lee Selby vacates as expected.
Other results: Luke Wilton beat Stefan Slavchev 60-53, Dee Walsh 1st round ko v Krisztian Duka; Alfredo Meli beat Samet Hyuseinov 40-36, Derek Potter beat Ben Mulligan 40-37, Paul Hyland Jnr beat Zoltan Horvath 40-36, James Fryers beat Alec Bazza 40-34.