Bradley Saunders made a successful comeback from injury to extend his unbeaten start to life as a professional boxer to six fights.
The former amateur EU champion and world bronze medallist from Sedgefield outclassed Mike Kelly to inflict a sixth straight defeat on the Irishman at Wembley Arena.
It was Saunders’ first fight since November after suffering a recurrence of a hand injury, and his first at light-welterweight since his amateur days.
However, there were no signs of ring rust, or of feeling himself into the six-round fight, as the 27-year-old had promised beforehand.
Kelly was on the canvas in the first round after a left hook and never recovered.
Saunders attacked from that point on until eventually referee Bob Williams called a halt to proceedings 41 seconds into through the fifth round.
Afterwards the 2008 Olympian described the win as “a step forward in my career.”
He aims to be fighting for a title by 2014, and hopes promoter Frank Warren can organiseh im outings in Newcastle.
Four of Saunders’ six pro fights have been won by a knockout.