DANNY Quartermaine extended his unbeaten professional record with a dominant TKO win against tough Mexican opponent Christian Lopez Flores despite a bizarre end to the fight.
The Leamington fighter (9-0, KO 3) showed his potential with a classy display in front of the Sky Sports cameras at Resorts World Arena in Birmingham as he dropped Flores on three separate occasions.
However, the fight ended in bizarre circumstances after Quartermaine’s pressure forced Flores to take a knee and referee Ryan Churchill waved off the bout with just two seconds left in the fourth and final round.
Quartermaine said: “It’s a massive experience for me being on this sort of show against a tough opponent, to go out there and do that in just four rounds, I can’t think of anything better.
“My fans have been like this since my amateur days, it’s about time everyone noticed I sell a lot of tickets, and the atmosphere they’ve created is an amazing feeling, I can’t thank them enough.
“I want to start going for titles now, a 10-rounder would be a very nice opportunity.”
Trainer Edwin Cleary added: “He’s more than a ticket seller, he was an elite boxer as an amateur, he needs more rounds, he needs Championships now.
“We’re looking for the area title and then we’ll push on to the English title, it’s Danny’s night tonight.”
Quartermaine was backed by a loud army of supporters and opened the bill in style as he became the first British fighter to stop Flores (14-25-2) before the final bell.
And Quartermaine, who trains at Cleary’s Boxing Gym, also handed Flores his first defeat inside the distance in 17 fights as he rewarded his loyal fans with a clinical performance.
The fight ended when Flores took a knee following a heavy onslaught from Quartermaine and, despite returning to his feet before the count was up, referee Churchill decided Flores was unable to continue.