BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Joshua Buatsi retained his WBA international light-heavyweight title with a seventh round stoppage of Canadian Ryan Ford.
The Croydon man took his record to 12 straight wins, 10 of them inside the distance.
A Buatsi win never looked in doubt, the test was arguably more if the South Londoner could be the first to stop Ford.
There was a question mark over the finish as the champion appeared to land a low left as Ford headed for the canvas.
Buatsi mixed up his shots well as he broke down the tough challenger, who has also had a career in MMA before boxing.
The body shots were the ones to cause the most damage with a right hook putting Ford down for the finish.
Ford suffered the fifth loss of a 21-bout career.
PICTURE BY MARK ROBINSON/MATCHROOM BOXING