Callum Smith spectacularly demolished Hassan N’Dam in three rounds to retain his WBA Super and Ring magazine belts and complete a glorious sporting double for Liverpool.
Smith relaxed before the first defence of the super-middleweight titles he won from George Groves by watching his beloved Liverpool beat Tottenham in the Champions League Final.
And he clearly took inspiration from the Reds’ success as he destroyed his former sparring partner N’Dam.
Smith floored N’Dam in the first and second rounds with a couple of left hooks before applying the coup de grace in the third, flattening his opponent with a huge right hand.
Smith now wants Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and his camp have proposed two fights to the Mexican star – the first at Anfield in September followed by a second at Mexico City’s Azteca Stadium.
That would be a huge step up for Smith from N’Dam and the Scouser was far too accomplished and powerful for the Cameroonian.
Smith said: “It was good to be back in there, it’s been a long time. Tonight was all about the performance; now I want to stay active and push on to prove I’m the best super-middleweight in the world.”
Smith, 29, began patiently, establishing his jab, and his initial measured approach was in contrast to the all-out war between Katie Taylor and Delfine Persoon.
That soon changed and he pounced before the end of the first round, flooring N’Dam with a stinging left hook, which left the African scrambling to regain his senses.
He somehow managed to beat the count before falling again and was saved by the bell.
N’Dam is not in Smith’s league and the Scouser decked him again with another left hook in the second.
N’Dam survived into the third round and even landed a couple of shots to put up some resistance.
But it didn’t last and Smith knocked him onto the flat of his back near the end of the round with a huge right hand.
Referee Charlie Fitch initially began to count before sensibly waving the contest off two minutes and 56 seconds into the round to make it 26 straight pro wins for the unbeaten Smith.