Paul Butler began life under Joe Gallagher with a punch perfect victory over Alexis Ruiz, dominating the Mexican over 10 one-sided rounds at the Macron Stadium Premier Suite in Bolton.
The 27-year-old looked sharp and switched on from the opening bell as he took the centre of the ring. He moved in and out well through the opening few rounds, keeping out of range of Ruiz but still landing strong right hooks.
Butler, maintaining a high guard, stepped up a gear towards the middle stages, increasing his work rate as he drove Ruiz back with thudding shots to the body and head.
Ruiz responded well by throwing a couple of combinations of his own, trying to force Butler back but the Ellesmere Port man was rarely troubled, displaying excellent speed and superior boxing skills.
This was the first time Ruiz fought outside of his home country, and he was game but ultimately second best throughout the contest. By the final few rounds he gave his all to try and breakdown Butler but the Englishman was too slick and comfortably earned a 99-91 victory on the scorecards.
Elsewhere on the card, Super-Middleweight Jamie Cox returned to action after 11 months out the ring. He took on Martin Fidel Rios in a gruelling encounter where referee Phil Edwards was kept busy throughout.
Both men had points deducted as heads clashed and tempers flared in the ring, but the aggressive Cox eventually ran out victorious on the scorecards after sending Rios to the canvas in the third round.