Michael McKinson claimed a breakout victory over Chris Kongo as he floored his British welterweight rival to seal a unanimous choice win in Gibraltar.
The Portsmouth southpaw shocked Kongo with an aggressive begin and edged a closely-contested encounter to safe the WBO International title with scores of 97-93, 96-94, 95-94.
Darting into vary, McKinson rocked Kongo again onto his heels with sharp punches, then scored a knockdown with a cuffing left hand in a vigorous opener.
McKinson was having fun with success together with his awkward fashion, unloading a lighting left hook within the second spherical, whereas Kongo was knocked off stability by one other marauding assault within the third.
Behind on the playing cards, Kongo confirmed extra urgency as he landed a proper hook within the fourth, however McKinson appeared to edge the fifth with an attention-grabbing counter.
The tempo dropped, with neither man eager to make an error, though Kongo did land a crisp proper hand within the sixth.
One other spearing proper hand caught McKinson within the seventh, prompting a fiery response from the 26-year-old, who tagged Kongo with left palms within the eighth.
Each males traded at shut quarters within the nook throughout the ninth, however McKinson completed strongly, firing in additional correct left palms within the closing spherical.
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