Anthony Crolla was the flawless winner against Ricky Burns, outpointing his lightweight counterpart at the Manchester Arena.
The fight was a close one, with Crolla taking the fight to the Scottish in all 12 rounds, getting the win 116-113, 116-114 and 117-112.
The first round was an evenly matched affair, with Burns unleashing his lengthy jab and Crolla trying to get on the inside.
The second round saw the Mancunian boxer find his rhythm, letting the body shots rain. He escaped shots from Burns and broke through his defence.
The momentum of the fight was with ‘Million Dollar’ and he increased the gear towards the sixth round. He let the body shots rain asserting his dominance on the match.
The seventh round saw Burns try to regain control of the fight, landing an uppercut which he followed with a punch that bloodied the Mancunian’s nose.
Burns took advantage of a tiring Crolla and was dominant in the seventh and eighth round. But the home boxer, sensing the urgency of the fight, came back firing on all cylinders in the tenth.
With the Manchester crowd roaring him on, the 30-year-old marched forward in the last, a lead straight left sending Burns slightly off balance before the final bell went and the two embraced.
Speaking after the fight, Crolla said: “I thought I had done enough, but Ricky kept on coming, he gave me a very tough fight.
“I owe these people here in Manchester another world title. I’ve also got no problem in going to Glasgow for a rematch.”
Burns added: “I thought I done enough to edge it. I would love to do it again.”