Sunderland Olympian Josh Kelly beats Spain's Jony Vina for first stoppage win

Josh Kelly is celebrating his first stoppage win of his professional career.

Sunday, 14th May 2017, 8:20 am
Updated Monday, 15th May 2017, 8:36 am
Referee Shaun Messer sends Josh Kelly to the neutral corner after flooring Jony Vina

The scintilating Sunderland boxer halted Spaniard Jony Vina with an explosive fourth-round finish in Birmingham.

Boxing for the second time as a pro, Kelly carried on from where he left of from his debut in Glasgow against Dublin's Jay Byrne.

The 23-year-old, from Rhhope, was again in impressive touch at the Barclaycard Arena, displaying his customary slick hands-down approach in this bout, which was scheduled for six rounds.

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The stoppage came when he found success with a left-right hook combination which sent Vina crashing to the floor.

Vina got back up and took an eight-count from Mr Messer, but that was only a temporary interruption as the Rio Olympian produced a torrid attack, the ref stepping in at one minute 27 seconds of the session.

His opponent had never been stopped in his career so Kelly's performance and finish goes down as a notable early statement since turning pro.

In the main event Kal Yafai retained his WBA world super-fly weight title when he outpointed Suguru Muranaka.