Sam Ah-See is back, and in a big way.
The 30-year-old Orange product returned to boxing after a six-year hiatus on Wednesday night, wiping the floor with veteran Czar Amonsot under three minutes at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
He announced his confidence in the lead-up to the Tim Tszyu versus Stevie Spark fight night, and that self-belief manifested in the most spectacular way as two minutes of dominance was followed by a decisive right uppercut.
Once the Indigenous star smelled blood in the water, he swarmed on the 35-year-old and just when it looked like he would escape the opening stanza, the referee stepped in and called it off.
Ah-See becomes an immediate contender in the welterweight division, something he was sure to remind viewers of after the fight.
"I just want to let them know the king is back," Ah-See told Sporting News Australia after the fight.
The victory marked his 14th career triumph as he maintains his undefeated record.
When the southpaw returned to his home gym at Orange after a stint in Sydney, he didn't necessarily do so with the intention to re-ignite his fighting career, but speculation eventually led to action and he's stoked to be back in the mix.
"I was just in the gym for fitness and we just made a joke about having a fight again," he said.
"It wasn't even two-three weeks later and locked this in ... here we are."
Fans in attendance might have expected Ah-See to show caution in the opening exchanges, but he displayed anything but.
He uncorked his left hand countless times in the first 30 seconds, tagging the veteran and announcing his presence early, much to the commentators' surprise.
Amonsot had little success as Ah-See continued to get the better of the exchanges, until the aforementioned uppercut occurred.
In the last six years, Ah-See has now fought competitively for just under three minutes, so you can be sure he's keen to step into the ring again, and it doesn't matter who's in the other corner.
"Matty [Rose] is the man, he's been getting all the fights lately," he said.
"Whatever he can make happen. I'm 30 years old, I've had 15 fights now, I've got a short window. This is my time.
"I really want to make things happen in the next three years. Whatever it is, it's go time."
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