Alexander Povetkin knocked Dillian Whyte out chilly with a surprising fifth-round uppercut on Saturday evening at Battle Camp.
The 40-year-old climbed off the canvas twice within the fourth after which smashed house the KO within the following session.
The struggle started with a cautious opener as Whyte jabbed properly and Povetkin focused the physique.
Whyte responded with massive physique photographs of his personal within the second which induced the Russian to take a few steps again.
Povetkin stumbled after being caught off steadiness by a straight proper at the beginning of spherical three, however recovered properly.
Then, in spherical 4, Whyte made the breakthrough.
Povetkin discovered himself on the canvas as Whyte drilled house a crunching brief left hook.
The 40-year-old rose to his ft, however was nailed once more with a surprising uppercut on the finish of the spherical and fell for a second time.
The writing appeared to be on the wall, just for Povetkin to blast Whyte out with one single uppercut within the fifth.
Povetkin stated put up struggle: “I went down twice nevertheless it was okay, it wasn’t an excessive amount of injury.
Whyte’s promoter Hearn stated post-fight: “I can’t fairly consider it to be trustworthy. When the punch landed I felt like I used to be in some dream.
“The struggle was over, however that is the drama of heavyweight boxing. One punch can change all the things.”
He additionally confirmed they do plan to activate their rematch clause and make the struggle once more on the finish of this 12 months.