Arthur Abraham is back on th world title trail after outpointing Robin Krasniqi in their WBO super-middleweight world title eliminator in Thuringen on Saturday night.
Abraham, 37, is now in line to get a title shot at current WBO title holder Gilberto Ramirez - the man who dethroned the German in Las Vegas a year ago.
Abraham (46-5, 30KOs) proved too strong for fellow German Krasniqi throughout and took a 118-110, 115-114 and 117-111 decision on the scorecards.
Meanwhile, Ramirez made the first defence of his title with an emphatic points win over Max Bursak in Carson, California.
In his first fight for a year following an injury to his right hand, Ramirez (35-0, 24KOs) won a shutout 120-106 decision on all three cards after Bursak was deducted points in the fifth and 11th rounds for holding.
On the same bill, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KOs) made a successful first defence of his WBO super-bantamweight title by stopping Adeilson Dos Santos inside two rounds.
Midway through the second, a right hook staggered Dos Santos. Moments later, a left hand dropped him to the canvas.
A gritty Dos Santos was able to get up and tried to fight back, but was onc more under pressure and a left-right to the top of Dos Santos' head dropped him to his knees with referee Lou Moret stopping it at 2:51.
Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KOs) retained his WBO world featherweight title with a unanimous points win over Miguel Marriaga.
A left hook in the 10th that dropped Marriaga was the pivotal moment in the fight as Valdez took a 116-111, 119-108 and 118-109 decision on the cards.