Bentham’s resident bruiser kept up his 100 per cent record as a professional in Blackpool on Friday night.
Light-heavyweight Tomi Tatham made it four victories in the paid ranks after beating awkward journeyman Jody Meikle on points over four rounds.
It was the biggest test to date for the man known as TNT, who had seen off his previous three opponents in explosive fashion.
But the 24-year-old kept his discipline and says it was the kind of fight he needed at this stage of his career.
He said: “Three rounds went by and I thought I’ll go for him now.
“But I’d boxed well and didn’t want to push too much because he could have made me look a bit of an idiot if I was throwing air shots and stuff.
“I got out of the fight what I wanted too.
“I thought it was good for me against an experienced, tough, awkward guy. It was a very good learning fight.”
Tatham stalked the Scunthorpe man for the majority of the fight and landed the cleaner shots with the margin of victory, 39-38, a little generous for Meikle who although elusive at times, was quick to spoil when he found himself on the back foot.
The Bentham puncher said: “I was a bit shocked by the score.
“I rang up a few of my mates afterwards and said ‘how did it look from outside the ring’ and they said I’d won every round.
“I thought maybe one could have been a draw but I dominated the other three.
“If I’d have backed off there wouldn’t have been a fight so I was chasing him trying to entertain.
“I got the win so I can’t be anything but happy.”
Tatham is due out again in six weeks in Bolton looking to make it five wins as a professional, meaning he gets little time off before it’s back to training.
He said: “I’m back out on July 20 which means I’m back in the gym on Wednesday.
“We’ll be looking at the bad points from my last fight and trying to rectify them.”