Tim Tszyu maintained his undefeated professional record in outclassing Dwight Ritchie on Wednesday night - and stayed on course for a potential blockbuster bout against Jeff Horn.
Tszyu, from Rockdale, improved his record to 14-0 with the unanimous decision victory at the ICC Sydney.
The 24-year-old now holds the WBO Global and IBF Pan Pacific super welterweight titles and could earn himself a ranking inside the top five.
The judges scored the bout 98-93, 98-92, 97-93 to Tszyu, who settled into his work nicely after a slow start.
The fight could have been stopped midway through the third round after Tszyu opened up a nasty cut just under Ritchie's left eye.
But Ritchie, who prepared for the bout by training in the shire with Ryan Waters, fought on bravely ensuring the bout went the distance before succumbing to just his second professional loss.
"It was a hell of an experience, Dwight is a great opponent," Tszyu said after the fight.
"He kept me on my toes. It's something I can learn from and I can only get better."
Tszyu will now eagerly anticipate the result of Horn's bout with Michael Zerafa at the end of the month.