Boxer Steve Swinburn hails performance against Wali as his 'best ever'
Deadly Steve Swinburn believes he is two successful fights away from landing his first title shot.
The Lincoln boxer fired a clear message to the rest of the welterweight division with a sensational second round stoppage victory over heavy-hitting Monsoor Wali in Sheffield on Saturday.
Now, the undefeated 26-year-old has his sights firmly set on an Area title crack within 12 months after blowing Wali away at the Don Valley Stadium.
"I am not one to go about saying I will do this or that," said Swinburn.
"But when I first started professional boxing I just wanted to do as well as I could.
"People told me if I got to about ten fights unbeaten then people will start noticing me and a title shot will come my way.
"It's gone really quick but all of a sudden I've had eight fights and won six of them with two draws.
"I have to start thinking about titles.
"If I can avoid losses in my next two fights then I think I will be ready."
Afghanistan's Wali entered the ring with a mixed record of three wins and three defeats – and a record of knocking opponents out.
But a sharp Swinburn rose to the occasion in style with a brilliant performance that underlined his unquestionable talent.
After dominating the opening round, the former kickboxer, dubbed 'Stone Cold', unleashed a barrage of punches early in the second.
A fierce left hook meant Wali was forced to receive a standing eight count before the same punch again moments later saw his corner throw in the towel.
It proved the only stoppage of the evening and Swinburn relished the limelight.
"I was in control of the fight from the very start and I have to be delighted with the way I performed," said Swinburn, who trains in Sheffield.
"I felt great in there – strong and sharp.
"It was the best performance of my professional career to date.
"I absolutely tore him apart and he can have no complaints.
"I worked behind my double jab, something I'd worked on loads in training, and felt unbelievable in there.
"It was the only stoppage of the night and the crowd loved it."
Following an eight-month spell of inactivity from the sport because of a nose operation before Christmas, Swinburn revealed he was eager to remain as busy as possible.
He will next fight at the Don Valley in September on another show promoted by Dennis Hobson.