Earlier this week, Henry Turner told BoxingScene that he was primed to produce his best performance yet and the 23 year old super lightweight was as good as his word. Turner, 13-0 (5 KOs), picked apart Maykol Medoza, stopping the Colombian in five rounds on the undercard of Sam Noakes’ EBU lightweight clash with Yvan Mendy at London's York Hall.

Mendoza, 16-5 (14 KO’s), was drafted in last week when Turner’s original opponent withdrew. The 23 year old was born in the same city as another famed Colombian banger, Breidis Prescott, and brought a similarly impressive knockout record with him to London. Mendoza had spent his entire career boxing in Central and South America and whilst the quality of his opposition was something of a mystery, his power made him an interesting late notice assignment. 

Earlier this week, Turner - who prepared for the fight by sparring the aggressive Sam Noakes - came out purposefully. He took the center of the ring, finding the mark with his southpaw jab and making Mendoza pay for coming forward with a sharp left hand.

Mendoza immediately struggled for ways to close the distance and one crude foray ended with him being badly rocked by a short left hook. Mendoza clung on for grim death until his head cleared. 

Turner was too quick, too fast and too accurate for Mendoza whose punch output dropped significantly. Turner’s power also seemed to be troubling him and he was even rocked and moved around by punches which landed on his arms. 

Mendoza began to gamble a little in the third but a confident Turner was willing to hold his feet and counter punch with purpose and the Colombian's rally didn’t last long. Turner was dominating every aspect of the fight and slowly breaking Mendoza’s heart. He hurt him with a beautiful right hook to the body and followed it up with a nicely timed straight left.

Turner is known as ‘The Showman’ due to his time spent working on funfairs and the fight quickly turned into a form of target shooting. Turner calmly picked Mendoza apart and then, when he recognised that the Colombian was waning, ramped up the pressure.

Midway through the fifth he hurt him with another right to the body and followed up with an accurate two handed attack as Mendoza tottered around the ring. Referee Lee Every eventually stepped in to stop the fight after 1.23 of the round. 

Turner has now stopped four of his last five opponents and is moving closer to the top of the British super lightweight rankings.

Aloys Junior, 7-1 (7 KO’s), is quickly developing into must see television. The 21 year old cruiserweight is still in the formative stages of his career but goes about his business in explosive, no holds barred fashion. Junior’s trainer Ben Davison describes him as a truly ferocious puncher and is imparting some patience and strategic thinking into the raw but powerful youngster. The evidence suggests that Junior is listening. 

Junior racked up his seventh consecutive stoppage victory since losing a very hastily arranged debut by demolishing Argentina’s Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias, 32-7-1 (17 KO’s)

It is more than a decade since Farias boxed Arthur Abraham at super middleweight and whilst it is safe to say he hasn’t built himself up to the higher weights scientifically, the 36 year old clearly knows his way around the ring and showed plenty of resilience. 

Junior got off to a measured start, flicking out his jab from his waist and looking for the left hook to the body. He rationed his big shots and inched forward, probing for an opening rather than using his power to force one. 

Junior upped the intensity in the third, He backed Farias to the ropes and landed a left to the body and a chopping overhand right. As Farias circled away, Junior dropped him with a right hand which he cleverly hid behind a jab. To his credit, Farias got up and tried to fight but he was met by a ramrod jab as Junior went about his work calmly.

The ambition had left Farias’ work. He backed away but Junior took his time and waited for an opening. Eventually, Farias' back touched the ropes and Junior exploded. He missed a left uppercut but instinctively followed it with a right hand and a left hook. Farias went down and showed little intention of getting up. The official time was 1.39 of round number four.