Anthony Upton proves his worth against Alec Bazza in Belfast

Anthony Upton (left) on the attack against Alec Bazza
Anthony Upton (left) on the attack against Alec Bazza

Anthony Upton showed at the Holiday Inn in Belfast on Friday night why two time World Champion Ricky Hatton wanted to take him under his wing.

Upton showed all the weaponary in his armoury against Alec Bazza at the Belfast venue and those present witnessed a star in the making.

Brave Bazza was on the canvas in the second, third and fourth rounds before the encounter was called off.

Belfast boy Upton - who is now undefeated in two fights as a light-welterweight - was pleased with his display.

“I have confidence in my own ability and he was a very tough boy.

“I will now take a wee break but then I will be out again in five weeks and then three weeks after that.

“I am gifted, I’m not arrogant, but I can box and we know I have power,” he added.

And Upton says is was great to be back boxing In Belfast.

“It’s brilliant. I have not fought here in a while, so it is good to get back and show everyone what I can do.

“My girlfriend and little baby are here and even though I am away at training camps, she is very supportive and I really appreciate that,” he added.

Matthew Wilton kept his unbeaten record intact as he saw off Lewie O’Mara on points after a commanding performance.

And Wilton was pleased to get another win on his record.

“It was handy enough and he was above me in the ratings, so I have moved above him.

“I was pleased with the win and even though I picked-up a cut, I deserved to win the fight.

“Hopefully I will be out again in April but with the cut I may get 28 days. We will have to wait and see,” he added.

At middleweight Alfredo Meli saw off the challenge of Festin Lama over six rounds on points.

It was a good performance from Meli who is improving in every fight.

“I got the job done and won the fight. In was pleased with the performance and I got the win, which is the main thing.

“he was very tough and he took loads of shots - but I used my boxing and got the win.

“I want to be more active this year, keep moving up the rankings and take it from there,” he added.

Newcastle’s Paul Quinn added to his growing reputation by seeing off Bristol’s Joe Beedon 40-36 on points.

“I had to box half the fight with only my left hand. I broke my hand in the second.

“I am happy with my performance and I am glad I got the four rounds in the tank.

“My last two fights ended in the first round, so I am glad this one went the distance.

“It was difficult because with the broken hand I could not mix with him in the third and fourth rounds - but I got the win.”

Belfast’s Mark Morris took on Ryan Corrigan at Lightweight, with Morris coming out on top after stopping Corrigan in the first.

“Pleased with the win and I hit him with a good shot to finish it.

“I hope to be out again in April and I just want to keep winning and stay unbeaten.

“That is the aim for the coming months,” he added.

At light middleweight Bangor’s Casey Blair on his debut - who got the loudest cheer of the night - took on Billy Campbell.

Both fighters gave their all in what was a fantastic battle and Blair was awarded the win on points.