By Elliot Foster
Conor Benn produced a sensational display at Manchester Arena to remain undefeated.
‘The Destroyer’, 21, outclassed Nathan Clarke from Cheshire with an opening round stoppage, exclusively live on Sky Sports.
The fight, which took place on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s must-win lightweight battle against Ricky Burns, lasted just two minutes and 16 seconds.
Benn displayed his blistering hand speed in the opening seconds as a searing combination caught Clarke, who is an amateur boxing coach by day at his gym in Winsford.
A booming right hand from Benn was the beginning of the end as Clarke toppled to the canvas, forcing referee Darren Sarginson to take up the mandatory count of eight.
To his credit, Clarke –– who had around five weeks’ notice for the fight –– battled on, but more big punches took their toll and Clarke, coupled with a cut and bruised right eye, was over again.
He rose on unsteady legs and Benn, sensing the quick finish, unloaded another barrage to signal the intervention of the referee.
Lewis Ritson produced an emphatic stoppage win against Robbie Barrett to claim the British lightweight title.
The unbeaten Newcastle fighter dominated Barrett, 25, from the first bell and after dropping the Yorkshireman on four occasions at the Manchester Arena claimed the belt after the champion's corner threw in the towel.
Barrett came into the contest hoping to make the first defence of the coveted Lonsdale belt, having shocked Scott Cardle last time out, and although the southpaw proved tough and determined, Ritson was a class above.