Ryan Doyle jumped up two weight classes last night for a keep-busy bout, but showed no ill-effects with a crushing victory over lightweight Ismail Anwar.
Fighting at the Victoria Warehouse in Trafford, Manchester, Doyle needed less than two rounds to dispatch his durable opponent.
The featherweight, of Dublin stock, was boxing for the first time since his draw with Isaac Lowe in an English title clash last year.
Speaking afterwards, he explained that I’ve always said that I’m one of the biggest punchers in the featherweight division by far.”
“If anyone stands and trades with me – which he tried do – they’ll get knocked out, that’s the top and bottom of it.”
Doyle had been scheduled to box Ryan Walsh for the British title in January but was forced to withdraw, and the 24 year old will now be hoping to jump straight back into the title mix.
Former foe Lowe has since claimed the Commonwealth title with a stoppage win over Belfast’s Marco McCullough on the Frampton-Quigg undercard – and a rematch with his Steve Wood stablemate would certainly appeal.