Luke Wilton returned from over a year out tonight in Belfast to score a hard-fought comeback win.
‘Winky’ had not fought since his British flyeight title eliminator loss to Charlie Edwards at the Manchester Arena on the Frampton v Quigg undercard. His comeback fight came in the slightly less glamorous, albeit very atmospheric, setting of the Shorts Recreation club in Belfast.
Here he faced notably game English journeyman Brett Fidoe in a scheduled four rounder.
Understandably rusty, it was a cagey opener which Wilton edged off the jab.
Perhaps sensing the chance of an upset, Fidoe went to war in the second and, especially, the third as Wilton visible tired and his face was reddened by punches.
The Ulsterman however was not to be denied in his homecoming fight, and battled back bravely, working well on the inside against the relentless Worcestershire boxer.
If the result of the bout hung in the balance going into the final stanza, Wilton showed his class to outbox Fidoe, who more than earned his money tonight, and take the round.
Going to the cards, Wilton was awarded the win on a scorecard of 40:38.
Wilton moves his record to 17(7)-5(2)-1, while Fidoe drops to 6(5)-34(1)-2 following his game showing.