Josh Kelly laboured to a points victory over a tough Argentinian Lucas Bastida in a bout that never really caught fire in Newcastle to claim the WBO International super welterweight title.
Kelly's elusive style was displayed early, landing fast combinations commonly ending in stiff uppercuts. The second round saw Kelly and Bastida clash heads, sending Kelly stumbling across the ring. Kelly quickly regrouped and regained control.
Kelly continued to implement his style and showed glimpses of excellence. Bastida would try to throw Kelly off by changing stances and even found success but Kelly would adapt and overcome.
After 10 rounds, the scorecards would prove it wasn't all one-way traffic, as they read 98-92, 99-92 and 96-95 all in favour of Kelly, crowning him the WBO International champion, but showing that Bastida did have success. Kelly has been mandated to face Troy Williamson for the British title and Williamson watched on from ringside to see Kelly pick up the victory.