DALLAS—Most of the crowd filed out by the time the four-fight postliminary card began, though that didn’t stop Tristan Kalkreuth from kicking off his 2021 campaign in style.

The 19-year old cruiserweight didn’t waste any time in disposing of Jorge Armando Martinez, scoring a 1st round knockout in the first fight of the Golden Boy Promotions Facebook live stream Saturday evening from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

Kalkrueth managed to get in three fights in a pandemic-stricken 2020 campaign, though that rate of activity wasn’t nearly enough for the rising prospect from nearby Duncanville, Texas. With that came an appearance on Golden Boy’s first show of the new year, though the moment was short-lived.

Guadalajara, Mexico’s Martinez (4-6, 1KO) was never going to pose a threat to Kalkreuth, who is trained by renowned cornerman Ronnie Shields. Action appeared to just get underway before ending in an instant, as Kalkreuth landed a crushing shot up top to send Martinez down in a heap. The fight was stopped on the spot at 0:50 of round one, marking the quickest stoppage for Kalkreuth (7-0, 5KOs) since his pro debut which ended one second earlier.

Also on the show, 20-year old bantamweight Asa Stevens finally enjoyed his pro debut, outpointing Chihuahua, Mexico’s Francisco Bonilla (6-9-3, 3KOs). Scores were 39-37 across the board for Stevens (1-0, 0KOs), a former amateur standout from Waianae, Hawaii who is managed by Tim VanNewhouse under the Split-T Management banner. The bout marked the fifth attempt at getting Stevens in the ring, whose efforts were severely hampered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic

Both fights came after the evening’s headliner, which saw unbeaten lightweight Ryan García rise from the canvas to score a 7th round knockout of England’s Luke Campbell.

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox