CALLUM Johnson needed just 90 seconds to see off Tommy Tolan on Saturday night - but the Boston fighter was amazed the fight was allowed to go on that long.
The 26-year-old made short work of the Belfast man in front a packed crowd at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena.
Tolan - no slouch with three career knockouts to his name - is known as the Tiger.
But in just a minute-and-a-half, Johnson made him look like a pussycat, putting the 38-year-old on the canvas.
“I was surprised it wasn’t stopped earlier,” Johnson told The Standard.
“He was wobbling about after I put him down.
“He was in the land of the cuckoos, bless him.
“I picked my shots and took my chances, and that’s why I finished it in the first round.”
A selection of body and head shots rocked Tolan, who was floored before his corner threw in the towel.
Tolan has previously been stopped in the second round by Olympian Tony Jeffries and also suffered a controversial first-round stoppage against Billy Joe Saunders.
But Johnson’s ferocious display was something Tolan had not seen before.
“He’s been beaten before, but he hasn’t been treated like that before,” he added.
“The first-round stoppage was controversial, but there was nothing like that in my fight.
“I just went out and did the job.”
And with the 5,000-strong Scottish crowd being added to by viewers on the Box Nation TV channel, Johnson’s impressive show reached a far wider audience.
He now hopes the swift destruction of Tolan will only add to his growing reputation in the light-heavyweight division.
“I wanted to put on a show, I said that before I went up to Scotland,” added the Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
“But I think the way in which I stopped him will only make people take more notice of me.
“The way I did it helps.
“I want to have another five fights this year. I want to get more experience as my goal is still to fight for titles.”
Eager to get back into the ring as soon as possible, Johnson, who trains at Joe Gallagher’s Manchester-based gym, has already began meetings to discuss upcoming bouts.