Commonwealth Super-middleweight champion George Groves dropped Ghanaian Daniel Adotey Allotey twice on his way to a 4th round stoppage victory in Huddersfield on Saturday night.
Registering his 12th straight win as a professional, the Hammersmith stylist always looked in control against the awkward Southpaw, his power eventually telling in the 4th.
After a quiet first session, Groves found his range from the second round, landing a number of telling blows, with the straight right in particular finding the target. The Saint continued to dominate in the third, landing with several ramrod left jabs rocking back the Ghanaian's head. But it was the fourth that brought the finish, as Groves moved through the gears.
Landing a stiff right hand that had his man backpeddling onto the ropes, a fast right dropped Allotey for the first of two knockdowns. Rising to his feet, the Ghanaian looked unsteady and Groves wasted little time finishing his man, another straight right sending Allotey to the canvas and forcing the referee to wave off the contest after 1min 53secs of the round.
Talking after the fight, The Saint told Sky Sports: "I'm very happy. I was aiming to put a few things I have been working on in the gym into the ring.
"It was the perfect opponent, very awkward, very gangly, long arms, very strong, exactly what we needed and I'm very happy.
"It would have been stupid not to get a southpaw in with the James DeGale fight coming up."
That fight with DeGale looks to be the next step for the unbeaten 22 year-old as he bids to add the British title to his collection.
"It will be a Groves win. Whether it comes by knockout or points, I don't really care. He knows that I've got his number and he's going to struggle to sleep in the preparation for this fight because he is going to have me on his brain all the time."
Ratings - World: 3/1,279
Ratings - British: 2/52
Residence: London, UK
Won: 25 (KO18)
Rounds Boxed: 176