RYAN Martin successfully returned to winning ways at the MECA in Regent’s Circus, writes WILL HALE.

The 23-year-old delivered a ferocious right-hand body shot to knock out tough Georgian Nikaloz Gvajava after just 1.31 of the second round.

Martin, who put in a brave but ultimately losing performance in April when fighting for the WBC Youth world welterweight title, left nothing to chance as a thumping right hand to his opponent’s ribcage left Gvajava unable to beat the count.

It was a sweet moment of redemption for the Paddy Fitzpatrick-trained fighter, who stepped in for this contest, having had to do some soul searching after his defeat to Portsmouth’s Michael McKinson last time out.

“I had a rough time after my last fight. I was down with the performance but preparation went perfect again for this fight,” said Martin, who is now looking to build on the win and is aiming for a Southern Area title in the near future.

“I’ve always liked the traditional route in boxing and I hope to get a Southern Area title fight and then try to go for the English and British titles.”

Bec Connolly showed spirit and determination to get her paid career underway as she took a clear four round decision against Poland’s Monica Antonic. Connolly bravely fought through a nasty swelling on her forehead to take the decision.

Bronwyn Duff registered a brave four-round draw on her professional debut against Bulgarian Teodora Hristova. Duff boxed with pure heart and determination in a fight that was dedicated to the memory of her son after the referee’s decision was announced.

Bradley Townsend looked sharp and fast as he secured a 40-37 point verdict against Manchester’s Dale Arrowsmith on his professional bow.

David Bailey and Harry Webb both scored wins in supporting bouts. Bailey took a close 39-38 four round victory over tough Lithuanian Remigijus Ziausys, while Webb won all four rounds against Dylan Draper.