Callum Smith was pleased to gain his first victory inside the distance
Callum Smith was delighted to claim his first stoppage victory as a professional in Belfast on Saturday night.
Last Updated: 12/02/13 5:18pm
Smith floored Tommy Tolan in the first round of their fight at the Odyssey Arena with the referee calling it off shortly afterwards.
It takes Smith's record in the paid ranks to 3-0 after two impressive victories that went to the cards before Christmas.
"It is great to get the first stoppage," said the promising Liverpudlian. "It proved to people that I can punch and it gives me confidence knowing that I can do it.
"I didn't go out and go for him, I went out on the back foot and if you look at the fight I didn't throw a punch for about 30 seconds. My plan was to box, move and use my jab for a few rounds because I expected him to try and rush me early on.
"I thought I might get a stoppage later on but I didn't expect to get him out in the first round but he walked onto a good shot, which seemed to catch him perfectly.
"It came at the right time, I had two points wins and if I had got another victory which had gone the distance people might start thinking that I can't punch, so it is good to prove to people that I can.
"I will only get stronger as I mature because I am still young and I have time to fill out to the weight. I have always said I am confident in my boxing ability and I have now shown that I have a certain amount of power as well.
"I'm out again in Liverpool in March. I will plan for six good rounds and probably start on the back foot again. I don't want to necessarily go looking for the stoppage because that is a big mistake that a lot of people make."