PERTH, Australia (AP) _ Joe Bugner scored the second straight win of his latest boxing comeback Friday night when he stopped West Turner in the third round of their 10-round heavyweight bout at the Perth Entertainment Center.

Bugner, 45, halted Turner at 2:36 of the third after controlling the contest from the start.

The referee counted the American out after he fell to the canvas after being hit by a series of powerful rights from Bugner.

The former European, Commonwealth and British heavyweight champion returned to the ring last September after an eight-year absence and outpointed Vince Cervi to win the Australian heavyweight title.

Bugner now hopes to fight Englishman Scott Welch for the Commonwealth title in March.

``Joe was pretty impressive tonight _ his performance should have sealed that fight,'' said Bugner's trainer, Les Wilson.

British promoter Frank Warren already has had preliminary discussions with Bugner about fighting Welch, the current British and Commonwealth champion, in either England or Ireland.

Bugner said he was pleased with his performance.

``I had to change my game plan after the first round _ I stopped jabbing and started hitting him with my right,'' Bugner said after wearing down Turner.

``My jabs weren't getting through. I have been accused in the past for not using my right, so I did and it opened him up.

``I thought he'd go eight rounds, but I knew I had him when I knocked him into the ropes during the second.''

Bugner, who twice went the distance with Muhammad Ali in his prime, made a short-lived comeback in 1986-87, winning three fights before being stopped in the eighth round of a London bout by Frank Bruno, who now holds the World Boxing Council title.

Bugner improved his record to 62-12-1, while Turner, from Morgantown, W.Va., dropped to 17-10 and has lost his last four fights.

``I'm on a roll, so I want to stay busy,'' Bugner said.

Hungarian-born Bugner remains a major drawing card in Australia, where he has lived for more than a decade. He is affectionately called ``Aussie Joe'' by local fans.