Lee Selby took Viorel Simion's unbeaten record and WBC International title with a unanimous points victory in Hull.
However, it was a far from fluent performance from the Barry featherweight, who failed to impress on his first step beyond domestic company.
In a 12-rounder that failed to ignite due to a clash of styles, Selby kept his opponent at long range for long periods despite the Romanian's best efforts to close the distance between them.
Selby entered the ring looking confident but it ebbed away as the fight went on, even askig his corner if he was ahead with three rounds to go.
Simion continued to burrow forward, getting off solid combinations and although crude at times frustrated the more stylish work of the home fighter.
Selby's classy pot-shots upstairs and down failed to dishearten Simion, but his quality footwork made the champion miss badly at times.
It wasn't pretty, and although Simion finished strongly it was Selby who lifted the title by widely differing scores of 118-110, 116-112 and 115-113.