BOXER Shane Roe moved up another rung on the ladder this past weekend with a second round stoppage of former professional fighter Jak Johnson.

The bout took place on Saturday November 30 at Newcastle's MMA Total Combat card which was organised by bareknuckle cruiserweight world champion Billy Hawthorn.

MMA Total Combat was a mix of boxing and mixed martial arts with all bouts contested in an octagon cage.

A strong following of Roe's fans made the trip from his hometown of Workington to the NE6 Suite in Newcastle for the fight.

He was also supported by his team from Just Grind MMA and Fitness Centre on St John's Court, including coaches Dave Straughton and Ben Roberts.

Their guidance saw Roe pick-up another big win, scoring a second round stoppage over former professional, Jak Johnson of Newcastle.

Roe boxed cautious for the first round, using his long levers to keep Johnson at bay with the jab. However, the welterweight stepped up a gear at the end of the first, hurting Johnson in a close range exchange.

In the second round he used a body-head combination to drop Johnson and the referee called a stop to the contest.

Just Grind's boxing coach, Dave Straughton expressed pride in his pupil for keeping a cool head: "They called out 'two minutes' before he was even in his ring gear but it didn't faze him at all."

And Straughton believes his fighter can go a long way: "He is the hardest puncher I have ever seen at the weight."

He remains undefeated with six wins, he last fought in the main event of his home show, Clash of the Titans 25. Roe out-pointed Matt Sutton of Dumfries in a thriller that had the home crowd on the edge of their seats.

Roe also stopped Dylan Thompson of The Manor Gym with a bodyshot combination at Informal Championships 3 at the Jubilee Club, Newcastle on May 25.

Having recorded six big wins, 'Sugar' Shane Roe moves closer to his goal of making it big in the paid ranks.