Michael Conlan remains on course for a world title fight after a unanimous decision over TJ Doheny in front of his homefans on Saturday night.
The 29-year-old put his undefeated record on the line at Falls Park in Belfast and he further enchanced his reputation as he floored Doheny, a former world champion, in the fifth round.
Doheny recovered but it was Conlan who was the convincing winner, sealing victory with scores of 116-111, 116-111 and 119-108 to maintain his unbeaten record.
Conlan tested his opponent in the early rounds before increasing the tempo on the fifth and his patience almost paid off as Doheny sank to his knee after taking a blow to the ribs.
The former IBF champion got up and, while Conlan looked set to finish him off, he regained his composure to challenge Conlan's dominance as they exchanged heavy blows over the following rounds. Indeed, Doheny landing a brilliant left to the side of Conlan's head in the eighth.
However, with the crowd behind him, Conlan recovered and in a tight end to the contest both fighters looked to land the blow that would seal victory.
Doheny edged a couple of the closing rounds but it was Conlan's hand that was raised in victory to make it 16-0 and take him one step closer to a world title fight.