Carl Frampton overcame pain from the hand he re-fractured in training camp to cruise to a unanimous points win over American Tyler McCreary and set himself up for a shot at becoming Ireland's first ever three-weight world champion.
The Jackal sent McCreary to the canvas twice, capitalising on his tactic of concentrating on body shots to rock his opponent in the sixth and ninth rounds.
It was a solid performance and marked a winning return for the former two-weight world champion, who hadn't fought in nearly a year.
Frampton, of course, hasn't fought since he was beaten by Josh Warrington in December a year ago but has his eyes on WBO super-featherweight champion Jamel Herring if he can secure the win in the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas tonight.
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Speaking to ESPN, Frampton said: "It's the first time I've met Jamel, my impression of him before I met him was that he's a nice guy and he's lived up to the impression I had of him".
'I re-fractured it twice in the camp and I knew a lot of people were coming out to support me. I'm not the champion.
The 32-year-old Belfast man has also been linked with a fight against Oscar Valdez, who marked his debut in the same 130lbs division with a hard-fought stoppage win over the spirited Adam Lopez. "I just want to fight for a world title next", Frampton told the BBC.
"I want to be involved in big fights. I just wanted to be safe with my hands".