Song Kenan picked up a statement victory on Saturday in New Zealand and then sent a message back home to China.
The 29-year-old welterweight made his country proud with his performance as he demolished local favorite Callan Potter with an emphatic knockout at just 2:20 into the opening round.
The end came after Song was firing away during an exchange before blasting Potter with a stiff right hand that put him down on the canvas. A few punches followed up but the referee was quick to jump into rescue Potter before any further damage could be inflicted.
Following his win, Song admitted he had a tougher than expected training camp after he was forced to leave China due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The end result still paid off, however, as Song picked up an impressive win and then gave his support to the people back home who are still suffering through spread of the disease that has claimed more than 2,000 lives already.
“There was a bit difficult for [this training camp] because of the Chinese virus situation,” Song said. “I would like to say stay strong China. Stay strong Wuhan!”
Song has now won his past two fights in a row with a 4-1 record in his past five fights overall including his knockout on Saturday.