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Putney’s Joe Joyce knocked out Lenroy Thomas in the second round at the 02 Arena to break a 106-year record by winning the Commonwealth heavyweight title in only his fourth fight as a professional.
The 2016 Olympic silver medallist – Britain’s most decorated amateur boxer – was relentless from the start and floored Thomas with a heavy shot near the end of the first round.
The Jamaican was put down again early in the second and was wobbled by several clubbing shots as Joyce ploughed forward.
And when Thomas was sent back to the canvas by a thudding left hook, he was unable to beat the count.
“It means a lot. I thought I did a good job,” said Joyce.
“I landed some good shots that I wanted to land and hopefully gave the crowd a good show.
“I’m ready for anything. The world’s my oyster.”