Bring on the next one.
That was the message delivered by Jason Cunningham after producing a classy victory in his Commonwealth bantamweight title eliminator against Isaac Owusu at the Dome on Saturday.
The pointed command from the English champion was aimed squarely at Ryan Farrag, who he has been ordered to face in a British title eliminator.
“Onto the next one,” Cunningham said immediately after the fight. “Someone told me Farrag was here tonight and if that’s true, he’ll be going home with plenty to think about.
“I can’t wait for that fight whether it’s here in Doncaster or if I have to go to Liverpool for it. The result is going to be the same either way.”
Few would doubt Cunningham’s credentials after witnessing his complete performance in the all southpaw battle against Owusu, who was forced to retire on his stool after five rounds.
The Woodlands fighter completely nullified his dangerous Ghanaian opponent who came into the bout with 18 stoppages from 26 fighters.
Owusu never really got the opportunity to show his power as Cunningham used his considerable height advantage to good effect, working from behind his cultured jab throughout.
When Owusu began to tire during the fourth, Cunningham stepped up his assault and the combinations flowed.
A strong right to the body in the fifth was a major contributing factor in Owusu failing to rise for the sixth, giving Cunningham the victory.