Anthony Joshua has defeated Kubrat Pulev in the ninth round of their reality heavyweight title battle at The SSE Arena, Wembley, on Saturday night.
This is as Joshua edges nearer to his dream battle against Tyson Fury.
Joshua stunned Pulev intensely on three events, twice in the last round, finishing the battle with a loaded right hand to hold his IBF, WBA and WBO titles.
His first battle since avenging a stun destruction to Andy Ruiz Jr a year back would have finished dangerously in the third round had his challenger Pulev not had a fighter like assurance to proceed with when he was felled, yet there was no getting away from the possible knockout.
Joshua scarcely looked away from his challenger from the second he stepped over the top rope and into the ring, at that point their pre-battle clench hand knock was forceful and extraordinary.
At the point when the punches started flying, Joshua handled a progression of pokes and Pulev cut him back with a left snare.
At the point when Joshua let his hands go unexpectedly with a four-punch salvo in the second round, Pulev grinned mockingly back at him.
Joshua crushed Pulev with an impeccably planned right hand in the third round that seriously harmed his challenger.
Joshua chased him, edgy for the knockout, and handled a severe flood of uppercuts and snares which at last overturned Pulev to the canvas.
It appeared liable to be all finished yet Pulev, whose solitary past misfortune in 29 battles was against Wladimir Klitschko, made due to the ringer after which he tossed an unlawful shot that bubbled past Joshua's face.
Joshua, eyes swelling and tongue out, gazed an opening through Pulev and addressed him as the following round was set to start.
He recovered and, in the fifth, broken home a major right hand which didn't move Pulev, who finished the round emphatically after some feisty to and fro waste talk.
Three successive uppercuts from Joshua hurt Pulev in the seventh yet the extreme Bulgarian would not surrender ground.
Joshua shut the show in the ninth with another gigantic uppercut which folded Pulev to the floor for the subsequent time before a correct hand from Joshua sent him flying in reverse and split his lip bloodily, finishing the battle instantly.
Undefeated WBC champion Tyson Fury holds the lone significant belt outside of Joshua's grasp and a gathering between them would be the greatest match in world boxing, in the wake of conveying this exciting knockout before a horde of 1,000 individuals in addition to boxing incredible Floyd Mayweather, Joshua drew a stage nearer to making it a reality.
The battle that the boxing scene currently aches for is Joshua versus Fury as they each have different challengers circumnavigating, Oleksandr Usyk and Deontay Wilder separately.