Gavin McDonnell (13-0-2, 4KOs) became the second occupant of the prestigious European title in the McDonnell household behind brother Jamie, after a unanimous decision points victory against Oleksandr Yegorov.
In a fight which ringside was scored as close as 115-113 in most quarters, official judges tabled score cards of 117-111, 118-110 and 118-109 in favour of the Doncaster twin.
The fight was fought at a ferocious pace with both fighters eating plenty of leather on the inside but it was McDonnell who was having the final say in most exchanges with the cleaner more decisive work.
A knockout was never in the offering as both fighters lacked serious power, but both more than made up for that defiency with heart and a relentless pace.
Speaking afterwards McDonnell said, “This has been five years in the making. But we finally got there. He was a tough kid and I thought he’d tire but he came to fight 100%.”
Pressed on fighting for world honours, he said, “There is no way I can retire second best in the family. I will be world champion, no doubt.”
In the bout proceeding, fringe world contender Frankie Gavin scored a shutout over Bogdan Mitic with a score of 100-90.
Gavin whilst dominating the action, never really got going into a rhythm. At times the former amateur world champion looked sluggish and frustrated at his opponents lack of motivation for a fight.
That being said, a dominant display and a couple of more good wins in 2015 may set up a potential clash with top of the bill IBF king Kell Brook later in the year