Scott Cardle defeated Maxi Hughes on points to win the Central Area lightweight title
By Adam Norman. Last Updated: April 21, 2013 4:34pm
Scotty Cardle (L) delivered on his earlier promise against Maxi Hughes (Pic Lawrence Lustig)
Scotty Cardle won his first title as a professional when he beat Maxi Hughes to claim the Central Area belt in Blackpool.
It was a homecoming of sorts for the Lytham lightweight and he produced his best performance yet after joining the paid ranks just over a year ago.
Both fighters entered the ring unbeaten but it was Cardle who was heavily favoured after being moved on briskly by promoter Eddie Hearn.
And the former Team GB boxer looked sharp from the get-go, his fast hands and reflexes enabling him to land his shots and stay out of trouble in equal measure.
However, Hughes was not overawed by the big occasion and the Rossington man had his own successes, landing good combinations that nevertheless failed to halt Cardle's assaults.
Cardle's occasional lead rights kept Hughes guessing while a right over the top in the second round was eye-catching and the third also belonged to the local boy with good work downstairs and a left upper cut also hurtful.
But Hughes played his part in an entertaining fight, winning the fourth with Cardle seemingly happy to play second fiddle and after a quiet fifth Cardle was back in the ascendency when he caught his opponent as he left himself too open on the attack.
The next saw both suffer bad cuts following a clash of heads - Hughes high on the forehead while Cardle was badly sliced above the right eye.
It was Hughes' cue to take a more aggressive stance and while his opponent was more wary now, he still took some heavy shots before again re-asserting the jab with a round to go.
The action was relentless in the 10th with neither giving ground and the mutual respect was evident when the combatants embraced at the final bell, before Cardle unsurprisingly got the decision 98-94 from referee Steve Gray.
The victor admitting to hurting his hand in the sixth round and in addition to the bad cut is likely to be sidelined for at least 10 weeks.