Joe Joyce showed his class once again after making light work of Joe Hanks on the Deontay Wilder/Tyson Fury undercard.
It was almost as if Joyce wanted to get the fight over and done with as quickly as possible so he himself could get back and enjoy the evening's main event.
The Englishman was the first of two Brits to appear on the undercard before the Wilder/Fury fight in what was a great advert for British fighters in Los Angles.
And too a great advert for Joyce and his relatively new professional career.
The win was only Joyce’s seventh fight of his career. Not to mention his seventh win… and his seventh knockout - safe to say he's garnering quite the reputation.
Hanks simply looked out of his depth from the very first bell.
Joyce had under a minute of quick jabbing to feel the American out before unloading some devastating hooked shots.
The first real sign of trouble for Hanks came not long before the knockout. A powerful left jab caught Hanks and sent him tumbling backwards with only the ropes to rely on and use as support.
He sprang back forward off of the ropes, only to be met by a much bigger left-handed shot.
First a right hook, then a left hook, and the American was sown on home soil after just two minutes and 25 seconds of the first round.
A tweet released of the hit in slow motion shows the sheer impact of the shot.
The Olympic silver medallist simply watched his opponent fall with a tremendous amount of admiration for the excellent shot he just produced.
The slow motion is able to portray the power of the shot brilliantly; Hanks’ jaw almost enters a different state entirely.
In his first fight in America, Joyce also earned himself the vacant WBA Continental heavyweight title.News Now - Sport News