Trainer Neil Fannan believes Martin Ward has served notice that he is more than just a smooth operator.
The Hartlepool boxer is just eight weeks away from a crack at Jazza Dickens’ British super-bantamweight title.
Ward will have home advantage with the fight being staged at the Rainton Meadows Arena, in Houghton-le-Spring.
And he tuned up for the fight with his first stoppage win since May 2012.
The 27-year-old halted sub opponent Elvis Guillen in two minutes, 31 seconds of round three at Dunston on Saturday night.
Ward is not known more for the accuracy of his punching rather than brute force.
But Fannan feels the manner of the victory will not only be a filip to the gifted southpaw but give Dickens and his camp food for thought.
“Martin looked very impressive,” Fannan told SportMail.
“No one who was there on Saturday night could say any different.
“This is not the first time I’ve said this but Martin hits hard enough and could probably have had more stoppage wins if he had been so minded.”
Ward followed Fannan’s orders to the letter at the Lancastrian Suite to the letter in piling into the Spanish-based Nicaraguan.
Guillen had landed a big right which had jolted the Dave Garside-managed talent.
“The lad caught Martin with a decent shot in round two to be fair,” said Fannan. “At the end of the second when I got him on the stool, I said to Martin to do what we’ve been practising in the gym.
“I told him to take it to him and put some spite into his shots.
“Martin did exactly that and for two and a half minutes, it was power, power, power.
“And the beauty was that Martin was not even breathing hard.
“I was very happy with him and if Dickens and his people see Martin as a non-puncher they could be in for a surprise.
“Martin is a boxer and a very good one – he’s as good a super-bantam as there is out there.
“But we have a plan B and a plan C as well, he’s not just there to box.”
Martin will be joined on the bill at Houghton in November by younger brother, Tommy.
The 21-year-old registered his 15th straight win by outpointing African champion Nasibu Ramadhani after 10 rounds.
“I was impressed with Tommy as well,” said Fannan. “Ramadhani was awkward and came to have a go, but Tommy looked well. It was a good fight for him.
“We are writing to the British Board to put Tommy’s name forward but we’ll probably look to get him a six-rounder inNovember while we wait to hear what the Board say.”