Callum Smith (19-0, 14KO's) bristled with brutality as he inflicted a one-round battering on Hadillah Mohoumadi (20-4-1, 15KO's) to become European champion and cement his place as the WBC's #1 super-middleweight contender.
The 25-year old, 6ft 3ins tall, occluded a brief onslaught from Mohoumadi inside the opening thirty second to subsequently land a vicious left hook counter that badly staggered the visitor and instantly transformed the landscape of the contest.
Mohoumadi, widely regarded as one of the division's toughest and most durable operators, sustained pummeling blows to the head and body - while Smith foresaw an unanticipated finish in the opener.
The 35-year old European champion, who took IBF titleholder James DeGale the distance, was pencilled in to execute Smith's toughest examination as a professional - but when he seemingly steadied himself after a punishing assault, Smith crushed any resistance he had remaining with a vicious right hook that sent him staggering to the ropes.
With the end in sight, the 25-year old pounced like a lion anticipating its overdue feed, and inflicted a series of straight, darting right hands that gradually unravelled the defence of Mohoumadi - and when his punch output came to a halt and the head flopped backwards over the ropes, referee Francisco Rosa jumped in and stopped the contest.