Jordan King made a triumphant Stadium of Light debut and moved his career forward in the process.
The Hetton hitman made it seven wins out of seven when he edged out Christian Gomez in a terrific scrap.
King has enjoyed a series of impressive, yet comfortable wins to date, but the 24-year-old yesterday displayed the ability to dig in and fight.
On the evidence of the first round, it looked like being plain sailing for the super-middleweight as he moved nicely and landed some clean shots.
But Gomez was a tough opponent and showed he had not come to Sunderland merely to pick up a pay cheque.
He ploughed forward and played his full part in a great fight as both fighters landed shots.
It was a close call, but judge Steve Hawkins, scoring from ringside, seemed to get it spot on, marking it 39-38 as King’s better quality took it.
While Danny Wall is aproud Northumberland man, his success over Alireza Alimohammedi was made in Sunderland.
Wearside fight figure, Tommy Conroy, is his boss and he watched proudly from the blue corner as the Morpeth fighter blew away the Glaswegian in 49 seconds, Mr Kearney coming to Ali’s rescue after a Wall assault .
Thornley’s Darren Surtees made it three wins out of three as a pro when he halted Alex Bazza in round three.
The Dave Binns-trained man had the Belfast fighter down in each round and when he was floored a third time, Mr Williams did not even start a count.
There was another Co Durham success as Adam Watson won on debut, the Spennymoor middleweight stopping Bangor’s Casey Blair in round two.
Trimdon’s Jay Hughes, now living in Crimdon, opened the show with a fine display on his debut, outpointing Harvey Hemsley, 40-36, from referee Williams.