Islington's Masood Abdulah has set his sights on winning the British and Commonwealth featherweight titles.

The 29-year-old bagged his first professional prize, the Commonwealth silver featherweight belt – the secondary step-up version to the ‘full’ Commonwealth title - at Bethnal Green's York Hall after forcing brave Salford man Marc Leach to retire on his stool after seven rounds last Friday.

Abdulah, whose parents are from Afghanistan, had outpointed Nicaragua's Lesther Lara at Wembley’s SSE Arena in January but showed no signs of ring rust during a superior display at the spiritual home of British Boxing.

The contest, which was televised live on TNT Sports, turned into a one-sided affair as the relentless pressure from the bigger-built Abdulah eventually overpowered and wore out Leach.

Leach’s trainer Nigel Travis was ready to throw in the towel midway through the seventh round, but eventually pulled the 29-year-old former British super-bantamweight champion out before the start of round eight.

While Leach slumped to his third loss in 22 outings Abdulah, who is promoted by legendary Islington-born Hall Of Fame boxing promoter Frank Warren, extended his 100 per cent record to nine straight wins.

And Abdulah, who was a successful amateur at Islington Boxing Club, was completely overwhelmed by the huge amount of support he received at York Hall and believed Leach was a creditable opponent to have on his growing professional boxing CV.

“Leach is a really good name to have on my record,” he said.

"He’s super tough and skilful. But I wasn’t super happy with that fight. I felt I could have done a lot better.

“This fight was an emotional fight for me. It felt nice having so many people call my name out when I made my entrance. In my last fight I only had a few people there cheering me on but this time round I had the whole of York Hall cheering me.

"Winning the belt didn’t compare to having the large amount of people supporting me, especially on a fight where the odds were stacked so against me.”

While Abdulah waits for an opportunity to meet Glasgow’s defending British and Commonwealth champion and stablemate Nathaniel Collins, the Islington man is keen to have more bouts in the coming months.

“My objective is to go for the British and Commonwealth title next,” he added. “Hopefully I will get the chance this year. Meanwhile I’m hoping to be active this year. I feel like I’ve been left on the shelf so far having only fought once since January.

“I want activity. I hope this is the fight that will make me somewhat of an attraction and allow me to fight more often.”