Michael Conlan earned an 11th straight win as he outpointed Mexico’s Ruben Garcia-Hernandez in newyork.
The Northern Ireland boxer, 27, was given a 100-90 verdict with 3 judges in the 10-rounder.
“We might have stepped on the gas but we used a few things ,” said the feather weight.
But Conlan’s friend Paddy Barnes is considering retirement after having a points defeat Oscar Mojica – his 2nd straight loss – to precisely exactly the same bill.
Victory for Belfast’s Conlan puts him up for a probable summer departure in his home city against Russian Vladimir Nikitin, who controversially defeated him in 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Infront of some large Irish support at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day, Conlan was never bothered by Hernandez who moved into the bout having a list of 24 wins, three defeats and two draws.
The two of Hernandez’s previous defeats came against world champions Nonito Donaire and Randy Caballero, and the opposite as a result of Rafael Rivera, who recently went the distance with WBA featherweight title holder Leo Santa Cruz.
Nikitin was in also activity to the Madison Square Garden bill and had to work hard to earn a majority decision over US journeyman Juan Tapia within their six-round bout.
One of those judges scored the fight a 57-57 draw with another two handing the Russian a 59-55 verdict.
‘To be truthful, I Will Most Likely retire today’
Attempting to get his career on the right track after suffering his first pro defeat on earth flyweight title challenge by Cristofer Rosales last August, Barnes sustained a broken nose in the opening around in the bantamweight contest against American Mojica.
Since he moved up two weight divisions for its contest, Barnes, 32, was put on to the floor by a transparent body shooter in the next circular that bizarrely appeared to be ruled as a slip by the Warriors.
However, Mojica, 26, continued to dominate the six-round contest and Barnes admitted after that he was fortunate to be given the verdict by one of those 3 judges whilst the unheralded American was adjudged a split-decision winner.
Two judges gave the fight 58-56 to Mojica, who has five of his 18 professional spells, with Barnes getting a 58-56 verdict contrary to the other estimate.
“I really don’t understand how they’d it close.
He explained:”To be honest, I will probably retire today. I actually don’t think there’s a point Boxing on after a beat similar to that.
“The fans were so great but at the end of the day I have to care for my health and fitness. If I will box such as this, then what’s the purpose Boxing anymore? I cannot contest for a world title with that operation .”