Luton boxer Kay Prosper earned the seventh straight win of his pro career by blasting out Lee Connelly at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.
Prosper, who was fighting on the undercard of David Haye’s demolition job against Mark de Mori, stopped his opponent in the first round after the referee stepped in.
The result was all the more impressive as Connelly had only been stopped in two of his previous 21 bouts, with former Olympian Luke Campbell taking five rounds to do so in 2013.
Prosper started the fight utilising his ram rod style jab and never let Connelly settle into a rhythm, with some superior footwork.
The 31-year-old quickly connected with a double left hook and a right uppercut that sent Connelly to the canvas, although he bravely got up.
He was soon sent to the canvas again with another barrage of punches before the referee waved the fight off, moving Prosper to seven victories, with five now by the way of knockout and four of these in the first round.
Prosper said: “I would like to have an opponent that can withstand my bombs and give me and my fans a few rounds.
“Connelly was supposed to be the person that did that for me but as solid as he is he could not take the power of Special K.”
On the experience of being involved with such a high-profile show, Prosper, who started out at Hockwell Ring BC, continued: “I was so privileged to be fighting on the undercard of my boxing hero David Haye.
“I knew that I had to win and win big and this is what I did. I was not going to mess up this opportunity, I trained so hard for this fight as I always do but I knew that if I could take him out in spectacular fashion doors would hopefully open for me in the future.”
Next up for Proser is a bout on March 19, when he takes on Danny Carter for the vacant Southern Area super lightweight title at York Hall.