Amir Khan produced stunning hand speed and accuracy to destroy Canadian rival Phil Lo Greco after just 40 seconds of the opening round at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England on Saturday night.
No sooner had the bell sound for round one then Khan rained in a lightening quick right hand to floor a stunned Lo Greco. The Canadian was up on his feet immediately but Khan followed up with equally fast and accurate combination punches to force referee Victor Loughlin step in and stop the fight.
Khan, who last fought two years ago when he was shockingly knocked out by Saul Alvarez, has now paved the way clear for an all British clash of former world champions with bitter rival Kell Brook.
In the main support bout at the Echo Arena Tommy Coyle claimed the Commonwealth lightweight title by brutally stopping local favourite Sean Dodd in the sixth-round.
Coyle decked the champion, from Birkenhead in the fourth before finishing him off with a brutal straight right hand in the sixth session. After a slow start the fight warmed up in the third round when Coyle sent Dodd flying backwards and backed up to the ropes. Coyle moved in quick and unloaded on Dodd but the champion held on to survive the round.
Keen to capitalise on the previous round Coyle maintained the high work rate and it was not long before Coyle unloaded a heavy right hand to dump Dodd on the canvas. Dodd managed to get to his feet and fought back hard but Coyle kept up the pressure.
By the sixth round Coyle had the measure of his foe and again decked Dodd heavily with a big right hand. Dodd again got to his feet but Coyle followed up with a volley of heavy punches and the fight was stopped after 2.13 of the sixth round.