David Price showed just why so many people are suggesting he is the heir to the Klitschko throne as he put in a superb performance to win the British heavyweight title with a fourth round stoppage of San Sexton.
Fighting in front of his home crowd in Liverpool, Price put on a punch perfect display as he boxed behind the jab and showed devastating power in his right hand as he floored his opponent on three occasions.
The 28-year-old used his height and reach to good advantage as Sexton found it near impossible to lay a glove on the Liverpudlian who landed his jab at will.
Price was patient and simply waiting for an opening which came at the end of the third round when Price landed a right hook on the top of Sexton's head and sent him crashing to the canvas.
It was a just a flash knockdown but it seemed to inspire Price who decided to up the pace in the fourth round as he pinned Sexton and the ropes and sent him to the floor again with a brutal uppercut.
Sexton gamely continued as he showed he wasn't hurt but later in the round it was another right hook which did the damage as Sexton fell heavily and the contest was instantly called to a halt.
Price is the first boxer from Liverpool to win the British heavyweight title and he admitted that he believes he is now ready to move up in class.
"I felt like I boxed a perfect fight - I don't think Sam laid a glove on me," Price told Sky Sports. "I knew I'd have to be patient with Sam early, because I knew he'd be tight and cagey.
"Once I got through I knew I'd penetrate and hurt him, and I did. No-one's seen me use the jab for I don't know how long because the fights have been over so quickly, so I'm glad that went a bit longer so people could see a bit of variation in my work.
"For me, I'm ready to move on and challenge the best out there. I've got to take my time of course but I've got to make a gradual step up. Making a statement like that I'm going to have to move forward again."