Chris Eubank Jr beat up Wanik Awdijan, forcing him to tug out after 5 rounds on Saturday evening in Newcastle and say that his ribs had been damaged by physique punches.
Eubank Jr had been punishing his rival with thudding punches when Awdijan didn’t emerge for the sixth spherical.
Victory tees Eubank Jr up for the main combat he has been concentrating on in December en path to a world championship alternative.
His shorts and ring-walk gown had been adorned by the identify of Sebastian, his brother who died in July.
Eubank Jr had been made to attend an agonising fortnight for this return combat, after two opponents withdrew from combating him in a matter of days, and Awdijan requested him a couple of early questions along with his tough southpaw stance.
Eubank Jr was pressured to nod in admission that Awdijan had caught him within the fourth spherical with a strong left hand.
However he turned up the warmth and responded with physique pictures then a left hook.
The fifth spherical was Eubank Jr’s greatest thus far – he thumped residence a succession of pictures to the ribs, and Awdijan was visibly respiration arduous and backing off.
Awdijan, sat on his stool after the fifth, shook his head and referred to as the referee over to suggest his withdrawal.
“The man came to visit and mentioned that I broke his rib with a physique shot so he could not proceed,” Eubank Jr advised Sky Sports activities afterwards.
“The man got here out southpaw – I had been advised he was orthodox! One other impediment that I needed to overcome!”
Sky Sports activities Boxing schedule
October 24 – High Rank in Atlanta
Jamel Herring vs Shakur Stevenson – WBO super-featherweight title
October 31 – High Rank in New York
Jose Zepeda vs Josue Vargas
November 6 – High Rank in Las Vegas
Mikaela Mayer vs Maiva Hamadouche – IBF and WBO super-featherweight titles
November 6 – BOXXER in Liverpool
November 20 – BOXXER in London
Richard Riakporhe vs Olanrewaju Durodola
Caroline Dubois skilled debut
November 20 – High Rank in Las Vegas
Terence Crawford vs Shawn Porter – WBO welterweight title
December 11 – High Rank in Las Vegas
Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Richard Commey
December 17 – High Rank in Montreal
Artur Beterbiev vs Marcus Browne – IBF and WBC light-heavyweight titles
December 18 – High Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super-lightweight title