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Briton Fisher knocks out Babic in 36 seconds

Briton Fisher knocks out Babic in 36 seconds

Johnny Fisher (centre) only had two amateur fights before turning professional [Matchroom Boxing]

Johnny Fisher signalled his heavyweight credentials by stopping Alen Babic spectacularly after just 36 seconds at London's Copper Box Arena.

Fisher, nicknamed The Romford Bull, barely broke a sweat, dropping the Croat in round one with a right hook that followed a barrage of powerful punches.

A stunned Babic rose to his feet but stumbled towards referee Mark Bates, who halted the contest.

Fisher, 25, has now won all 12 of his professional fights, with 11 inside the distance, while Babic, 33, suffers a second defeat in his 14th bout.

"This is one of the most special moments of my career and my life so far," Fisher told a boisterous crowd made up almost entirely of the Essex boxer's fans.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said Fisher will now target the British heavyweight title, with champion Fabio Wardley in attendance.

"I would back [Fisher] against all the domestic heavyweights around the British title level," Hearn said.

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Fisher frenzy in London after England win

Eddie Hearn, Tony Bellew and thousands of fans inside the arena celebrated England’s Euro 2024 win over Switzerland [Matchroom Boxing]

Organisers screened England's Euro 2024 football quarter-final win against Switzerland inside the arena, with undercard bouts taking place during the intervals.

Hearn, former world champion Tony Bellew and ex-England footballer Jamie Redknapp jumped out of their seats after England's penalty shootout victory.

Fisher – who reportedly sold 4,000 tickets alone – later captured the feel-good energy with a career-best win.

With a 24lb weight advantage, he appeared levels above from the opening bell and it did not take long for his power to show.

Fisher boasts a loyal fanbase, thanks in thanks in large to his social-media star father, 'Big' John Fisher.

Armed with their "bosh" catchphrase, the pair regularly document their lives and love for Chinese takeaways online.

But the Essex fighter demonstrated he is more than just a social media gimmick against – on paper – his toughest opponent to date.

"I was expecting a 10-round war, Fisher said.

"I've really matured over the last six months and I really think we can go as far as we want in this game."

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