UTTOXETER heavyweight boxer Reece Jones sent out a 30-second warning to his next opponent in Derby.
Jones headed to the Assembly Rooms to stay sharp before he puts his EBF Midlands Novice title on the line against John Watson in Stoke on Friday, November 22.
And the 26-year-old power puncher needed just 30 seconds to lay out Danny Mead with a right-hand blast to the jaw.
The punch sent Mead crashing heavily, silenced the crowd and the referee instantly waved the fight off.
Jones, who starred in ‘The Repo Man’ documentary earlier this year, has now won all seven of his fights.
On the same show, Horninglow crowd-pleaser Olly O’Toole kept his EBF Midlands Area light-heavyweight title after battling to a draw with Matt Pepper.
Trainer Scott Conway said he had “no complaints” with the judges after the four-round fight.
Pepper had previously upset Burton cruiserweight Brad Clarke at the Assembly Rooms and was bigger.
At the bell, he loaded up looking for the knockout, but O’Toole was busier in the opening two rounds. He worked well behind a double jab and targeted the body while Pepper struggled to pull the trigger.
At the midway stage, O’Toole appeared to be on his way to a points win, but Pepper started unloading heavy shots in the third.
O’Toole matched him blow for blow in an exciting exchange early in the round, but just before the bell, Pepper walloped him with a volley of right hands that bloodied his nose and stiffened his legs briefly.
His head had cleared by the bell and the fourth round was close. Neither boxer landed many clean punches and for some ringsiders, O’Toole’s better work in the opening two rounds deserved better reward from the judges.
Promoter John Ashton confirmed there could be a rematch on his next show in Derby, pencilled in for next February.