Joe Joyce kept up his side of the bargain ahead of a showdown against Daniel Dubois.
The Olympic silver medallist, who was contentiously beaten by Frenchman Tony Yoka in the super-heavyweight division at Rio 2016, can go full-steam ahead into a clash against his fellow British heavyweight after dealing with his warm-up fight.
Joyce, 34, took on Michael Wallisch of Germany on Saturday night at the BT Sport Studios in Stratford, London.
And he did the job in fine style, getting rid of the Munich native inside three rounds, with the referee Ian-John Lewis calling a halt to proceedings after 57 seconds of the stanza.
Now, ‘The Juggernaut’ can turn his attention to ‘DDD’.
Wallisch was knocked out by Christian Hammer, Efe Ajagba and Tony Yoka in three of his previous four bouts, prior to Joyce’s victory on Saturday night, and the Putney man will now sit back and watch Dubois in his warm-up fight on August 29.
The pair are scheduled to meet on October 24 at the O2 Arena in London, in front of a crowd, exclusively live on BT Sport Box Office.
But after Wallisch was dropped –– once in the second round and twice in the third –– and stopped by Joyce, the clash, which will be for the vacant European heavyweight crown as well as Dubois’ British, Commonwealth, WBO International and WBC Silver belts, hinges on Dubois getting past Erik Pfeifer.
Pfeifer (7-0, 5 KOs) will challenge Dubois for that aforementioned WBO International title behind-closed-doors.
Wallisch landed five overhand rights in the first half of the first round, when a sluggish Joyce started slow. Once Joyce warmed up a little, he landed multiple right hands of his own and ultimately closed the show in style with Stephen Broughton in the corner.
Broughton stood in for Ismael Salas, the Londoner’s long-term trainer, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, but Joyce is keen to link-up with the Cuban ahead of his crunch clash against Dubois in the autumn.
Meanwhile, Chris Bourke outboxed Ramez Mahmood in what was a step up in class for both boxers on the undercard.
The pair vied for the vacant Southern Area title at super-bantamweight over 10 rounds and it was Bourke, the former Team GB amateur, who came out on top against Ilford’s Mahmood.
Mahmood lost for the first time as a pro and is now 11-1 (2 KOs), while Bourke moved on to 8-0 with five quick.
A British title fight against Brad Foster, the man from Lichfield who defended the belt for the third time earlier this month when he outpointed James Beech Jr., has been mentioned for Bourke, but there is no need to rush the 25-year-old, who is keen to return to action sooner rather than later.