Commonwealth Games: WA boxer Billy Polkinghorn stuns Birmingham with 30-second knockout in round of 32

Billy Polkinghorn probably could not have pictured his Commonwealth Games debut going any better had he tried.

The WA-based boxer sent a message to the rest of the light welterweight competition with a swift first round victory which took all of 30 seconds.

Polkinghorn left his opponent, Fabio Roselie from Seychelles, seeing stars with a vicious display which saw him end their round of 32 bout before it properly began.

The pair began the first round in tentative fashion, Roselie offering up a couple of jabs to feel Polkinghorn out while the Australian calmly deflected his blows.

However, a barnstorming one-two left Roselie stunned, with the referee intervening and declaring Polkinghorn the winner by knockout.

After ducking a big left hook from Roselie, Polkinghorn saw a window and unleashed a powerful blow to the side of his opponent’s head with his right.

It was deja vu all over again soon after when Polkinghorn provoked Roselie into letting his defenses down again, allowing him to deliver another ferocious right hook which saw Roselie stumble backwards and the referee almost immediately called off the fight.

The Essex-born Polkinghorn, who is making his Commonwealth Games debut, will be back in action in the round of 16 against Uganda’s Joshua Tukamuhebwa on Saturday night.

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