Promoter Frank Warren believes Amir Khan has a touch of Nigel Benn about him after the Bolton teenager breezed to his eighth professional win at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.
Warren has known few fighters who have got the adrenaline surging quite as much as the 'Dark Destroyer', who rattled off 12 straight knockout wins in his first year as a professional in 1987. But Warren puts Khan squarely in that category after another successful defence saw him become the first to stop Glaswegian Colin Bain towards the end of the second round.
Warren said: "Nigel Benn was just Mr Excitement in his younger days and Amir is another who can make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up."
Khan's reward for another lightning performance which brought an end his first 12 months as a professional will be a return to Bolton on September 2 for his first fight in his home town since his debut.
Khan's win over Bain was never in doubt, his opponent boasting a sturdy record but having not managed a single stoppage win in his 11 previous fights.
But the gutsy Bain could not be faulted for his attitude as he sought to knock Khan out of his rhythm early in the fight and keep him on his toes with some short counter shots.
It was the sheer accumulation of Khan's blows more than any single belter which prompted Bain to touch down for an eight count midway through round one.
A flashing left dumped Bain on the canvas again in the second and his third visit to the floor prompted referee Peter Jones to wave the contest off even though the Scot managed to beat the count.
Khan added: "I think my first year has gone better than I expected, I have boxed some good opponents and the way I am progressing I feel I am getting stronger every time I fight." ..SUPL: