Aaron Bowen got his professional career off to a scintillating start.

The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, who competed in Birmingham last year, made his professional debut on Saturday.

Bowen, 24, took on Mathieu Gomes over six scheduled rounds, as part of the supporting cast to Leigh Wood’s second defence of the WBA featherweight title against Mexican danger man Mauricio Lara.

And it didn’t take the talented, hard-hitting Coventry man very long to make a dent in his opponent as a left hook to the body sent the Frenchman, who is now 5-5 with all of his wins coming inside the distance, to the canvas, writhing in pain.

The referee, Kevin Parker, counted the visitor out for 10 and the ending was called at just one minute and 35 seconds of the opening round.

Junaid Bostan continued his streak of all-stoppage wins as he moved to five unbeaten.

The Rotherham southpaw, took on former Josh Kelly opponent Peter Kramer over eight rounds.

But it took him until halfway through the penultimate stanza before referee Kieran McCann stepped in to save the Hungarian from the accumulating barrage of shots heading his way from the 20-year-old.

Kieron Conway took the first step to getting his career back on track.

The Northampton man has talked about fighting for the British title again, which is held at middleweight by former WBO world title challenger Denzel Bentley, and he went some way to ensuring that goal remains realistic by securing a shutout win against Portugal’s Jorge Silva.

And Sam Maxwell ensured his side of the bargain was taken care of in the build up to a potential domestic dust-up against Dalton Smith.

The Liverpudlian, who is Commonwealth champion in the super-lightweight division, handled business against Shaun Cooper over six rounds, winning by 60 points to 54, with all eyes now on his rumoured future foe’s performance.

Smith meets Billy Allington on the same card and a win for the Sheffield star, who is making the second defence of his British title, is likely to see hm pitted against ‘Super’ Sam at the Utilita Arena in Sheffield, with April 29 the rumoured date for the top-of-the-bill showdown.