Market Harborough teenager Reuben Arrowsmith fought through the pain barrier to extend his unbeaten record in Walsall.
The Ricky Hatton-trained prospect made it three wins out of three by outpointing tough-as-old-boots journeyman William Warburton over four rounds at the Banks’s Stadium.
Arrowsmith won every round on referee Sean Messer’s scorecard, but for the last two rounds of the light-middleweight fight, he boxed mostly as a southpaw after hurting his right hand.
Arrowsmith, boxing just 13 days after a points win over Victor Edagha, said: “This was a good learning fight for me.
“I hurt my right hand in the second round, but Ricky told me what to do and I got through against a tough journeyman who came to win.”
“I thought it was a very good performance.
“I wanted a testing fight against an opponent who would come to fight - and that’s what I got.”
Warburton is one of the better journeymen on the circuit and was a step up from Arrowsmith’s previous two opponents.
The 112-fight record shows Warburton has upset several prospects and when he loses, the Lancastrian is usually competitive.
Arrowsmith kept him under control throughout - and Warburton was full of praise for the 19 year-old talent afterwards.
The 28 year old said: “Skill wise, Reuben is better than a lot of the prospects out there. He’s quick, big for the weight and has a good style. There wasn’t a lot behind his punches, but Reuben is still young and that will come with time. It’s hard to tell how far Reuben will go, but he’s a good prospect.”
Arrowsmith has his next fight pencilled in for the Banks’s Stadium on Friday, February 19.