Solomon Dacres became English heavyweight champion in emphatic fashion by seeing off Robert Ismay in just five minutes and four seconds.

Before this outing against local favorite Ismay at the Newcastle Arena, Dacres had managed only one stoppage in his five wins to date.

But he weathered some early pressure from his opponent in the first and then dismantled him in the second here.

Dacres had smiled as the much shorter Ismay had some success with his jab and even landed an overhand right in the opening round.

But he created an opening with an accurate left hook-right hand combination inside the first minute of round two and then went in for the finish.

Ismay refused to buckle when a knockdown might have actually helped him. Instead he was a sitting target for Dacres, who was landing at will with both hands.

In the end, Ismay was actually attempting to fire back when referee Ron Kearney stepped in to wave it off, which provided an unsatisfying finish at 2:04 of the second.

But Dacres said: “I would’ve just carried on throwing the punches, if he didn’t stop it then I would have kept hitting him and he might have got more hurt.

“There was a bit more pressure, a hostile away crowd, but I dealt with it really well and I’m looking forward to getting the next one.

“In my first few fights I’ve had guys who were really tough who tried to survive but Ismay was there to win, giving me openings and that’s when I’ll start landing my shots.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed he is already eying a fight between Dacres and another of his promising heavyweights Fabio Wardley, who is the current British champion, before the end of the year.

Hearn said: “If you’re going to be a contender in the division you need to be dismantling people like Ismay, like that.

“I think he’s a couple of fights away from the British title. I think the British title fight is a great fight with Fabio Wardley.”