ANTH Hardy made it five wins out of five when he outpointed Jamie Zaszlos at Summer Rumble 4.
The Horden and Hartlepool boxer, who made his debut at the Sunderland outdoor boxing spectacular 12 months ago, found the going tough in the opening two rounds at the Stadium of Light.
Hardy, who was conceding weight to the Barnsley boxer, struggled to find any rhythm in the first six minutes.
Cheered on by a large support, the 22-year-old tried to up his game but looked laboured against the man in the red corner.
Hardy improved in the third, an early left-right-left combination finding the head of Zaszlos.
The Gus Robinson Developments boxer was beginning to come on strong and some long lefts and right-left combinations saw him take control of the bout.
The pattern continued in the last round with Hardy dominating the session.
Billingham referee Graeme Williams scored it 40-36 to Hardy.