Thomas Patrick Ward made an impressive US debut last week when he outpointed Jesse Angel Hernandez, dropping his American opponent in the fourth.

The Co Durham slickster’s US reputation soared as he took his unbeaten record to 26 straight wins since he turned professional in July 2012.

Following his win, it would be no surprise to see the Super-Bantamweight soon challenging for the top prize in the division.

Here are six other British boxers who wowed American fans before going on to be World Champions:

LENNOX LEWIS

Lewis

Lewis already had a reputation after winning 1988 Olympic gold for Cananda before coming ‘home’ to England. In his second professional fight he made the journey to Atlantic City and hammered Bruce Johnson inside two rounds.

RICKY HATTON

Hatton

Frank Warren didn’t waste time introducing ‘The Hitman’ to an American audience, taking him to Madison Square Garden for his second professional fight in December 1997 on the Naseem Hamed v Kevin Kelley bill. Hatton outpointed Brooklyn’s Robert Alvarez.

FRANK BRUNO

Bruno

British boxing’s 1980s pin-up was a mainstream British star early in his career and after 15 big-hitting bouts in his London backyard at either the Royal Albert Hall or Wembley Arena, he was packed off for a US bow in Chicago. It took him just four and a half minutes to knock out Mike Jameson.

NATHAN CLEVERLY

Cleverly

Fight number 13 was lucky for Nathan Cleverly as he hit the jackpot in Las Vegas with a shutout points win against Antonio Baker on the Joe Calzaghe v Bernard Hopkins bills in April 2008. Cleverly went on to win WBO World and a WBA version of the Light-Heavyweight Title.

TYSON FURY

Fury

The Manchester traveller was already one of British boxing’s biggest names when he travelled to New York and knocked out Steve Cunningham in a thriller, finishing the contest after detonating a sledgehammer right hand on the American.

CHRIS EUBANK SR

Eubank Sr

The maverick former World Middleweight and Super-Middleweight Champion started his career in the United States. Brighton’s Eubank had his first five fights in Atlantic City before launching his successful career back home.