Kell Brook returned to the ring with an explosive counter-left knockout of Mark DeLuca on Saturday night in Sheffield.
The 33-year-old had not fought since underperforming against Michael Zerafa in December 2018, but impressed once again as he got back to business.
Kell Brook came back with a bang
The fight began with a cagey opening round in which neither man had a great deal of success.
Brook began to find a home for his jab in the second as he opened up and shed his ring rust after 14 months out.
The American responded with body shots absorbed comfortably by the home fighter.
In the third, Brook opened up with a combination of hooks and uppercuts which quickly floored the visitor.
DeLuca went down in the third
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DeLuca rose to his feet and fired back, deciding to go for broke, though he was unable to put a dent in the Brit.
Brook remained composed and continued to bust up his bloodied opponent in the fourth, switching southpaw on occasion to demonstrate his varied skillset.
Despite the punishment, DeLuca stood strong and persisted in his attempts to battle back.
He refused to wilt throughout the fifth and sixth rounds, managing to drag Brook into the second half.
However, the end came in the seventh as a stunning counter left laid him out him flat on his back.
Brook found the finish in round seven
The former world champion said post-fight: “I felt very fit, a few rounds were a little bit rusty.
“The Bazooka was very tough durable, i had to chip away at him but it was a clinical finish.
“You always question yourself but I believe in what I’ve been doing in the gym.
“I’ve kept on it, usually I go off the rails, but I’ve kept on it.
“This is the last chapter of my career, 2020 is the year I become world champion again.”