Audley Harrison returned to the ring with an explosive fourth-round stoppage of Ali Adams in their heavyweight clash at the Brentwood Centre in Essex.
The much-criticised former Olympic champion was typically tentative in the opening stages, with underdog Adams the aggressor.
Adams landed with a heavy right in the third – but the fight was ended 48 seconds into the following round.
A ferocious left rocked Adams and although the Chelsea-based Iraqi carried on after taking a count, he was badly dazed and a flurry of follow-up shots from Harrison prompted the referee to stop the contest.
Ironically, Adams had boasted that he would end his opponent’s career by knocking him out in round four.
It was Harrison’s first bout since he lost a one-sided world title fight against David Haye in November 2010.
The Harlesden man’s win could put him in the frame for a shot at Liverpool prospect David Price’s British title.