JEFF Saunders started his professional career in stunning fashion when he stopped Sandor Racz in the first round at the Metro Radio Arena.
The Sedgefield light-welter, cheered on by injured brother Bradley, who had been due top top the bill in Newcastle, took the Hungarian apart.
Saunders started in bright fashion in a bout scheduled for four rounds.
The 23-year-old sent Racz crashing to the canvas in the home blue corner with a powerful right hook.
Racz was up at five and referee Steve Hawkins let him continue.
But shortly afterwards, a left-right combination from the former paratrooper floored the man from Budapest and Mr Hawkins waved off the contest after two minutes 20 seconds.