Deontay Wilder retained the WBC heavyweight title with a stunning victory over Artur Szpilka in New York.
The American delivered a stunning right hand to knockout Szpilka in the ninth round – as a potential showdown with Tyson Fury draws closer.
Szpilka took the opening rounds at the Barclays Center, with the unbeaten Wilder seemingly taken aback by the Pole’s southpaw stance.
But Wilder hit back in the fourth with a series of jabs and had Szpilka on the ropes in the sixth round as he moved in for the finish.
The Pole held firm though and led on the scorecard before Wilder’s crushing KO.
After countering a left, the 30-year-old threw a stunning right hand to leave Szpilka immobile on the canvas.
The Pole eventually opened his eyes as officials motioned for the ringside doctor, before he was taken to hospital as a precaution.
After the bout, Fury – who holds the WBA and WBO belts – entered the ring and called out Wilder.
“Anytime, anyplace, anywhere,” Fury cried while getting in Wilder’s face.
But Wilder replied: “You can run around like a preacher, but I will baptize you!”