It wasn’t quite a statement win, but a certainly stand up and take note performance by Eric Donovan at the National Stadium on Saturday night.
Krzysztof Rogowski was never going to beat the Kildare fighter, but the Pole, who holds an amateur win over none other than Carl Frampton and took Willie Casey the distance, was meant to take him rounds.
Donovan, however took his opponent out within two rounds and even more impressive was how he did it in a manner which was destructive yet skillfully sublime.
The fighter, who had Andy Lee in his corner, showed sensational accuracy, a brilliant array of punches and eye catching timing and while coming forward and throwing hurtful punches.
Donovan looked as impressive as anyone against Rogowski in the first round. The timing of his southpaw back hand was impressive from the off and once he started to enjoy success the cultured former standout amateur upped the aggression stakes without ditching the skills that served him so well in a decorated amateur career.
After landing a number of accurate flurries on the chops of the respected and game, if a bit overly rough, away fighter, Donvan scored the first stoppage of his career right on the bell.
A crisp hook landed right on the belly button and experienced journeyman folded.
Lillywhite Lightning kept up the tempo, but didn’t lose any of his accuracy Rogowski could certainly feel the punches, but he couldn’t see them coming as Donovan showed speed, variation and accuracy.
It wasn’t long before he dropped his foe again. As expected the fighter rose to his feet, only to be sent to the canvas soon after forcing Mickey Vann to call a halt to proceedings.
The former High Performance fighter has been expressing a willingness to fight any Irish fighter from super feather to lightweight and if this performance is anything to go by he is certainly ready for the top level domestic pros.