St Helens fighter Martin Murray (pictured) proves too classy for Ishmael Tetteh by dispatching the challenger in seven rounds.
Murray, who was making his debut for new promoters Golden Gloves after an acrimonious split from Ricky Hatton, struggled to find his range in the early rounds but stepped up a gear in the fourth.
Fighting for the first time on South African soil at the Emperor’s Palace in Ganteng, middleweight Murray was keen to make a good impression with his African promoters.
And while the calibre of opponent did not match that of previous rivals, 31-year-old Murray did a creditable and professional job on Tetteh.
Once he’d found his range, Murray began connecting with a series of powerful combinations.
Towards the end of the sixth, Murray landed with a shuddering body shot which brought Ghanian Tetteh to his knees.
The referee failed to call what was a blatant knockdown but that mattered little because Tetteh was unable to leave his coroner when the bell sounded for the seventh.
Murray has won 27 of his 29 encounters and is now tipped to face Ukrainian Max Bursak in Monte Carlo in June.
He hopes to set up a world title shot in November.
“Bursak is a tough lad, but I know I’m going to win,” said Murray. I can’t afford to slip up now. I’ll treat all my fights like title fights.”
And Murray’s promoter Rodney Berman says the fighter need regular bouts to keep progressing.
“He needs rounds to wear off the ring rust and that is why we are bringing him back on June 21,” he said.