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Joshua demolishes Darch

Anthony Joshua continued his blistering start in the professional ranks with another knockout win over Dorian Darch.

Joshua is planning a busy year and he started in style, ruthlessly halting Darch in the second round to rack up his fourth stoppage win in a row.

The Londoner landed a few crisp right hands in the opening minutes, while his ramrod jab breached Darch's defences.

A rare right hand from Darch clipped Joshua and he responded in destructive fashion, pinning his opponent on the ropes with a barrage of punches before the bell halted the punishment.

There was no respite for Darch in the second, with a right hand stiffening his legs, and referee Terry O'Connor stepped in when Joshua threatened to unload on his dazed opponent.

Joshua returned from a brief lay-off with a shoulder injury and was not satisfied with his performance, despite the convincing win.

"Not too great," said the 24-year-old. "A few things I was noticing in there when I was getting my jab going and my one-two, but you know how it is, the first round you are just warming into the fight.

"I was trying to capitalise on some of his weaknesses from early on, but as round two came along I started finding my rhythm.

"The next fight in March, hopefully you will see a bit of improvement."