Olympic medalist Anthony Ogogo heaped praise on resilient Sheffield fighter Wayne Reed after he was made to work for his stoppage win in Liverpool.
Reed was felled inside the first 30 seconds of the bout but got to his feet and refused to budge until the referee waved the fight off in the fifth round following a hefty barrage from unbeaten Ogogo.
And the performance of the Parson Cross middleweight drew plenty of praise from his victorious foe.
Ogogo said: “Full credit to Wayne Reed – he is a tough little cookie and he gave me a few tips of advice in there after that. It takes a good professional to do that.
“I could have got a bit excitable (after the first round knockdown) and jumped on him.
“I’m glad the stoppage came because it was looking like he was going to get a foothold back in the fight. But I just had to work a few things out.”
It looked set to be a disastrous night for Reed when he was knocked down in the first round.
The southpaw charged Ogogo down from the bell but was caught with several hooks before a big right to the temple sent him tumbling.
Though he met the count, 26-year-old Reed was largely outclassed by Ogogo who consistently landed heavy right hands.
But he showed remarkable resilience to battle on and looked set to go the distance with the 25-year-old hot prospect.
However, Ogogo loaded up with a barrage of shots a minute into the fifth, sparked off a sickening cross which jolted Reed’s head back.
With his back to the ropes, there was no escape for Reed as Ogogo fired off big shots until the referee stepped in.
The defeat was Reed’s fourth consecutive reverse, taking him to 10-9-0.
Ogogo is set to be out next on the undercard of Kell Brook’s world title fight against Shawn Porter next month.