Floyd Moore is targeting a 2012 to remember after impressing on home soil.
Moore withstood the spoiling tactics of Robin Deakin to grab a 40-35 points win in front of his army of supporters at the Mounbatten Centre on Saturday night.
The 21-year-old stuck to his game plan to take his record to 5-2.
Light-welterweight Moore hooked impressively throughout and showed a decent variety to his shots.
Now he wants to build up a winning run for the rest of the year.
Moore said: ‘I expected a hard fight against him (Deakin), but it was harder than I thought.
‘He was holding every chance he got and talking to me.
‘I tried to relax, though, and it was a win against an awkward guy.
‘I’m happy. Before, I’ve lost my temper in those situations, but I kept my head.
‘I could have boxed a bit better but overall I’m pleased.
‘That’s the best I’ve boxed on home soil as well and there was a good turnout.
‘So now I want to step up to six rounds and get back into the gym again. I want to have a good year – and it’s started well.’
Meanwhile, Sam Couzens suffered defeat on his latest outing, to Bolton’s Matthew Clarkson.
Couzens was stopped in the fifth round by the unbeaten talent at the Reebok Stadium.
The match-up proved a nip-and-tuck, even encounter in the early rounds.
The pair exchanged evenly, although the heavier shots were coming from Clarkson.
Clarkson took over in the fifth, though, with a right hook doing the damage.
That saw the ref wave the contest off and give Clarkson the win.
Trainer Jack Bishop, as ever, was happy with his man’s commitment and grit.
He backed Couzens to stay busy and bounce back from the loss.
Bishop said: ‘Sam is never found wanting for bravery but there are things he needs to work on, so it’s back to the drawing board.’