Tyrone Nurse showed glimpses of the true ability he possesses by putting away Bulgarian Radoslav Metiv inside four rounds at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre in Manchester.
All the fans had not even arrived yet as the talented Yorkshireman made light work of his opponent and moved back to winning ways in the ring.
Both boxers made a cautious start in the opening round and by the second Nurse made some good selections when picking out his shots but Metiv handled them well with stubborn resistance.
The Bulgarian boxer had a mixed third round in which he caught Nurse with a few orthodox jabs which proved vital in dropping him against Dave Ryan, but on this occasion it was only a matter of time before the Huddersfield man’s intensity would come out on top.
Nurse brushed aside the tricky moments and ended the fight with a powerful body shot midway through the fourth round leaving the referee with no choice but to call for a stoppage.
“It was good to get out in the ring and get the job done quickly. Some of my supporters had not reached the area yet, but for the ones that did, hopefully I put on a good show for them,” said Nurse.
He added: “For the first couple of rounds I was trying to force myself into it, I was not as relaxed and sharp shooting as I probably should have been.
“But once I got flowing it was a different story and when I swung that left hook into his ribs in the fourth I just knew he wasn’t coming back from that”.
Nurse is hoping for another opportunity on a Matchroom show early next year and maybe a shot at the Commonwealth title again.
“I want Ryan but politics of boxing say we might not get him but someone else, end of the day the most important thing for me is to be doing a good job at the sport I love,” said the light-welterweight.
“I’d like to thank my sponsors Big Property Sale, Christian Smith Industries, Herculean Sports Nutrition and Gym Addict Clothing, who help me keep pusing ob.”
Earlier in the night the Gladiator Boxing Academy (GBA) had another success to celebrate, debutant Mohammed Fahim picked up a win via a favourable points decision.
The Manchester man got the night rolling against Dean Evans, both the debutants made an ambitious start and the contest was evenly matched until the fourth round.
Fahim had the better of the opening two rounds but faded in the third as Evans began to take a little control.
By the fourth and final round, the 18 year-old boxer landed some heavy punches and rattled Evans as the judge awarded him 40-37 verdict.
Nurse also had words of encouragement for Fahim, ‘he has done well on debut, looked nervous in the opening exchanges but picked his shots well’.
Both fighters put on an excellent show for the fantastic crowd turn out at the Bowlers. Moving forward Fahim will look to build on this win, while Nurse needs to start picking up wins in bigger bouts and maybe push his way to another title shot in 2015.