Boxing: David Nyika earns dominant TKO win to continue hot start to professional boxing career

David Nyika.
David Nyika. Photo credit: Getty Images

Rising Kiwi boxer David Nyika has eased to another one-sided win, finishing NZ veteran Robert Berridge early in Queensland to maintain the undefeated start to his professional career.

The Olympic bronze medallist overwhelmed 'The Butcher' - who typically fights at light-heavyweight - en route to a third-round technical knockout in their cruiserweight clash in the rural town of Gatton.

Nyika was far too strong for his much smaller opponent, dictating terms through the opening two rounds, before forcing the referee to intervene in the third of the six scheduled rounds.

The result extends Nyika's professional record to 8-0, including seven inside the distance.

The Hamiltonian took full advantage of his 25cm edge in height, keeping Berridge at the end of his jab, and was never genuinely troubled in a dominant performance.

Nyika's next task will be finding some higher-ranked opponents who can help him boost his stock and work his way up the division's pecking order.

The fight was his sixth under Australian trainer Noel Thornberry, whom he's worked with since his return from England, where he trained alongside compatriot Joseph Parker at Tyson Fury's Morecambe base.

Earlier this year, Nyika announced he planned to forego next year's Paris Olympics to focus on his professional ambitions.