Big-time boxing returned to Portsmouth with a vengeance on Saturday night.
A top-class competitive bill was staged in the city for the first time in 16 months, in front of a healthy crowd.
And the event proved a resounding success with engaging bouts from top to bottom on the card.
Local leading lights Joel McIntyre and Mark Coombs both registered wins.
Fareham’s Floyd Moore was held to a draw in a fight he could possibly have edged against old foe Dan Carr.
And Bognor’s Liam Griffiths opened the card in rip-roaring fashion with a tear-up of a win against the wily Johnny Greaves.
The card was topped by the classy Wayne Goddard, who didn’t disappoint with his entertaining win over Kevin McCauley.
Now – after boxing’s successful return to the city – the hope is greater things will follow.
Local trainer Michael Balllingall said: ‘We couldn’t be happier with how the show went.
‘The fights were well-matched and the people of Portsmouth showed how much they love their boxing.’