Roman Gonzalez retained his WBC flyweight title and extended his unbeaten record to 45 fights with a points victory over McWilliams Arroyo.
Gonzalez largely dominated the fight but saw his run of 10-consecutive knockout wins come to an end at the Fabulous Forum in California.
Arroyo, 30, gave an impressive account of himself, but failed to cause the Nicaraguan enough problems to sway the judges, who scored the fight 119-109, 119-109 and 120-108.
In truth, Gonzalez rarely looked as though he was set to land a killer blow, but ultimately the 28-year-old’s greater boxing skills told as he remained a class above Arroyo.
“It was a very difficult fight,” Gonzalez said. “Arroyo moves very well. He knows how to avoid the punches. I wanted to fight him, I wanted to roll him and catch him with counter punches, but it was difficult because he moved quite a bit.”
“My conditioning was fantastic. Training in Costa Rica made all the difference in the world. I think maybe one more fight at 112 and then I move up to 115. I want to fight the best possible opponent.”
A rematch with Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada has already been mooted.
The duo previously fought in a classic encounter four years ago, in which Gonzalez triumphed on points to retain his junior flyweight title.