Joe Pigford kept his stunning knockout record rolling with a first round demolition of Mike Byles.

The 22-year-old Southampton super welterweight was expected to be given some tough rounds by the experienced Byles, who has a winning record.

However, it was business as usual for Pigford, who stopped his opponent towards the end of the first round of their meeting at the Copper Box Arena in London, doing the majority of the damage with a monstrous left hand.

It took Pigford’s pro record to a perfect ten wins from ten fights, with nine of those coming by way of stoppage.

Pigford’s trainer, Wayne Batten, said: “To be honest we were expecting to really get some rounds in, but it didn’t turn out that way.

“The plan was to get behind his jab, but his jab is so powerful that it can change a fight quite quickly.

“Joe has done the rounds in sparring but obviously that experience on the night in the ring is proving harder to get, but you cannot complain about stopping opponents.”

Pigford, who is promoted by Frank Warren, fought three times in four months last year, but the fight at the Copper Box was his first action since July.

Batten is now hoping his man will see more action over the remainder of 2016.

“Hopefully on the back of this win we can keep Joe really active,” he said.

“When you look at boxers who are stopping people early, they can go out as often as once a month.

“That might not happen in this day and age as much, but certainly I would like Joe to be boxing more, to be developing himself and gaining experience.

“There are still a lot of little things we are working on, and with the amount of top quality sparring he has had with the likes of Chris Eubank Jnr there is no doubt he is getting better.

“But even so we want Joe to push on and I think that is going to happen now.

“There is talk of potentially a fight in Southampton in the future, maybe pushing towards a title towards the end of the year, but for any of that to happen he obviously needs to keep on boxing, keep on developing and working and keep improving.

“Joe obviously has a lot of power but that doesn’t mean that we can just rely on that always being enough, especially as he steps up in terms of opponents.”

Batten added: “One of the good things Joe also has is a great support.

“His fans travelled up to London for the fight and created an amazing atmosphere with all their singing.

“You really couldn’t wish for better supporters, especially at this stage of his career, and it does make a big difference to Joe.”