Lichfield boxer Brad Foster continued to showcase his potential with a victory over Spanish champion Alvaro Rodriguez.
The televised clash saw him claim the win on a unanimous decision – but the 23-year-old almost caused an early finish with a late example of his power.
With the Spaniard – who had never been stopped in 15 previous fights – unable to connect with Foster, the Lichfield man countered with a fast left hook that rocked his opponent.
The bell sounded before a follow-up blow could take advantage, but father and coach Martin Foster said he was satisfied by a “classy performance”.
“Brad was in control from the off and never had any problems throughout the whole fight against a good opponent who gives everyone a tough night.
“He went up a gear and really showed what he can do in the last round.”Martin Foster
Despite not getting the stoppage, Foster had posed problems for Rodriguez right from the outset.
A hard left hook to the body in the opening round took a visible toll, before a seventh round cut also opened up on the Spaniard’s eyebrow after a pinpoint right hand from Foster.
In the end it went to the judges, with all three handing each of the ten rounds to the Lichfield fighter.