Liam Smith floored Anthony Fowler on two events as he ruthlessly stopped his Liverpudlian rival within the eighth spherical to maintain alive his world title ambitions.
Smith, a former WBO super-welterweight champion, displayed his superior expertise in opposition to Fowler, who climbed off the canvas within the fifth spherical, however referee Howard Foster waved it off after he was dropped once more on the M&S Financial institution Area in Liverpool.
Fowler had made a vigorous begin and Smith smiled defiantly after struggling a reduce over his left eye within the first spherical.
However Smith fired again with an enormous proper hand within the fifth that despatched Fowler crashing to the canvas, and the 30-year-old staggered by way of the rest of the spherical.
Fowler tried to face agency within the sixth, unloading an honest left hook, however Smith dramatically signalled the ending as he lashed in a left hand that despatched his British rival crumpling to the ground within the eighth.
Earlier within the night, Troy Williamson grew to become the brand new British super-welterweight champion after he ended an epic conflict in opposition to Ted Cheeseman with a tenth spherical knockout.
In a sensational sixth spherical, Cheeseman was rocked amid a livid alternate, however replied with a stinging mixture to harm Williamson.
With neither fighter prepared to offer floor, Williamson lastly delivered a closing punch for granted uppercut dropped Cheeseman on his again, prompting referee Michael Alexander to sign the end.
Shannon Courtenay had endured extra disappointment as she was crushed by Jamie Mitchell on a majority resolution after shedding her WBA bantamweight belt on the scales.
Courtenay, who was been unable to make the restrict at Friday’s weigh-in, was outworked by the American challenger, who claimed the WBA title with scores of 96-94 and 97-93, with the third choose scoring it a draw.