GARY SYKES and Tyrone Nurse shone on Saturday night – the duo both recording stoppage wins.
British super-featherweight champion Sykes was in with Bulgarian Valentin Stoychev at the Huddersfield Sports Centre and the difference in class was apparent from the offset.
The Dewsbury man picked his shots wisely but his opponent was covering up to avoid any serious damage, only for the onslaught proved too much in the end.
A bombardment of shots in the third, including a thunderous body punch, had Stoychev on the canvas and he couldn’t make the referee’s count.
Nurse’s fight with Ben Lawler lasted a round longer, but he was equally as dominant.
The Huddersfield light-welter was easily in control of the fight and is looking even more confident than he did earlier in his career.
Lawler was saved by the bell at the end of the second when Nurse landed a stunning uppercut.
And the pressure continued through the third and fourth rounds until Lawler retired in the corner ahead of the fifth to hand Nurse his 18th win in 18 pro bouts.
Both were pleased with their performances and with no boxing again until September, they eyed next season.
Sykes said: “Once I got into the swing of things it was easy. It was a step down in the class of opponent for me and that told.
“I’ll be fighting Gary Buckland in Sheffield in October which I can’t wait for now.
“I’ll be taking a lot of fans over there and it’s good that we’re not having to go all the way to Wales like we thought we might.”
British Masters champion Nurse said: “Lawler has pulled out on me a few times before and when I got told I was fighting him I was a bit annoyed because I expected him to do the same again.
“It was nice to get it out of the way. By all accounts I boxed pretty well and applied steady pressure to him and he’d had enough.
“Over the next 12 months we’ll be looking for some kind of proper title. I want some learning fights against people who aren’t going to come and just shut up shop.”
Also victorious on the night were super-middleweights Jason McCalmon and Alastair Warren.
McCalmon bloodied the nose of Ian Turnbull and put him down in the third. He won 40-36.
Warren met Sheffield’s Dean Walker for a second time and came through again with a comfortable points win, 40-37.