PAWEL Augustynik made Taunton boxing history as he captured the Southern Area crown on Saturday night, stopping Jordan Joseph with a clubbing, unanswered assault in the sixth round, writes Marc Gatford.

The manner of the victory at the Whitchurch Leisure Centre was sensational and shouldn’t be understated.

Joseph is a quality, experienced operator, and 24-year-old Augustynik took him apart with authority.

“This was Pawel’s first time boxing someone of that calibre and he did very well,” said manager Chris Sanigar.

“The opponent was a typical London boxer - classy, good skills - but Pawel hits very hard, and he finished the job in good style.”

Midway through the sixth, the light heavyweights met in the centre of the ring, both men refusing to take a step back, both men looking for an opening.

It was short left uppercut followed by a crunching right hook that sent Joseph into retreat.

The Londoner, visibly wobbled, stayed on his feet as Augustynik rained in a volley of damaging shots.

Sometimes a fighter’s work can become reckless when they smell blood.

It was Augustynik’s composure, accuracy and killer instinct that impressed.

With a minute left on the clock, the referee waved off the contest, concluding Joseph had taken too much punishment.

Video courtesy of Peter Wintrip​

The last time Joseph had been beaten so convincingly was against Olympian Joshua Buatsi - one of the world’s leading prospects.

And while comparisons with some of the leading lights of the division are premature for a 24-year-old who is still learning his craft, this performance validated Augustynik as a serious talent at 175lbs - and a popular one too.

Approximately 170 fans travelled to Bristol, and lived and breathed every punch, creating a wall of noise for their humble hero.

Thirty minutes after his hand was raised, Augustynik was still taking selfies with supporters, his new belt draped over his shoulder.

Augustynik said: “Every time I get in the ring I put on an exciting performance and I think that’s why people turn out for me.

“It feels great to be the first Southern Area champion from Taunton, and I’d love to bring a night of boxing back to my hometown.”

Boxing is a numbers game - ticket sellers with talent are often afforded the bigger opportunities.

Augusytnik’s fan-friendly style and loyal following suggests big nights under the lights are on the horizon for the unbeaten starlet.

Augustynik wished to thank his sponsors: DSG - Delta Security Group, Activate Fitness, The Inner Garden, Growth Technology, P&P Autos, Intense Nutrients, PWV - Peter Wintrip Video, Rest & Relax : Sports & Holistic Massage Therapies, The Goldmarket Sw Ltd, ProDog Raw.