British heavyweight Anthony Joshua enjoyed another short night, stopping veteran Matt Skelton in the second round in Liverpool.
Joshua, who won super-heavyweight gold at the London 2012 Olympics, turned pro last year and has now put together seven straight victories, all inside two rounds.
Skelton, the 47-year-old former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion, was put down by a clubbing right hand to the head late in the second round.
He just beat the count and was briefly allowed to continue before the referee stepped in moments later as the former world-title challenger immediately toppled backwards towards the ropes.
It’s definitely a good name on the record, there’s not much point in me fighting guys I’m knocking over all the time, Joshua told Sky Sports.
Matt was game but the plan worked, I stuck to my jab. I’m learning all the time and, if I keep on progressing, I’ll keep getting these first and second round knockouts.
Joshua will return to the ring on August 30 in Dublin against Ukrainian Yaroslav Zavorotnyi, who took David Price 10 rounds on his most recent outing.
Wins for Campbell, Ogogo
Another 2012 Olympic champion, Luke Campbell, returned to the ring after a five-month absence with a comprehensive points win over Welshman Craig Woodruff.
Campbell won all six rounds of the lightweight bout thanks to his superior work-rate and is now 6-0 as a professional.
I wanted the rounds, that is what it’s about now, said Hull fighter Campbell.
I’m still developing and learning every time I go in that gym… That fight was a learning curve, he was a very tricky kid and didn’t give away much. You’ve got to beat whoever’s in front of you on the day – that’s what I did and beat him on points. That’s what I wanted.
Earlier in the evening it was the turn of a third member of Britain’s Olympic team from two years ago, Anthony Ogogo, to continue his professional education.
Ogogo, a middleweight bronze medallist in London, produced a dominant fifth-round stoppage of Wayne Reed, who was also down in the opening round.
I took my time, I wanted to get a few rounds in and am glad to get the stoppage in the end, said Ogogo (7-0). I want to be moved along now, I think I’m ready to step up a little bit.
Smiths on song
Brothers Stephen and Callum Smith both claimed points victories in their home city.
Super-featherweight Stephen (20-1) was not at his best over eight rounds against Pedro Navarrete in a tune-up fight for an expected world-title challenge later in the year, while Callum (12-0) went 10 rounds for the first time to earn a unanimous decision against American-based Cape Verdian southpaw Vladine Biosse and move into the top 10 of the WBC super-middleweight rankings.
Another local fighter, Rocky Fielding, came through a tough examination to stop experienced Uruguayan Noe Gonzalez in the fifth round of their super-middleweight fight.
Fielding, who lost his Commonwealth title on the scales after failing to make the weight for his victory over Charles Adamu in March, now boasts a 19-0 record.