Richard Riakporhe smashed Olanrewaju Durodola with an emphatic knockout on Saturday in London to tee up a future world title battle.
The undefeated power-puncher delivered an announcement efficiency by wiping out his skilled customer inside 5 rounds.
Riakporhe is now the obligatory challenger to the WBC cruiserweight championship – held by Ilunga Makabu, who is about to first be challenged by Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.
Riakporhe shoved again and imbalanced Durodola inside 10 seconds of the opening bell on Saturday, and the visiting fighter instantly seemed on the referee for validation.
Riakporhe ended the primary spherical by hurting Durodola and barrelling him into the ropes.
First, a lead proper hand landed flush then a flurry of follow-up photographs did the injury.
A robust proper hand and a nasty left hook to the ribs by Riakporhe had Durodola damage once more within the second spherical.
Durodola, the 44-fight veteran who had confronted world champions Makabu and Mairis Briedis, felt his legs wobble within the third and fourth rounds underneath siege from Riakporhe.
A swift left hook by Riakporhe put Durodola on the canvas inside the primary few seconds of the fifth spherical and the following onslaught prompted the referee to intervene.
Riakporhe now owns the WBC silver cruiserweight belt and is the obligatory challenger to the total title.
The governing physique have given Canelo the prospect to problem their champion Makabu, in a shock raid of a fifth division for the Mexican celebrity.
Makabu was knocked out by Tony Bellew at Goodison Park in 2016 however has rebounded to win the WBC title.
Riakporhe will ultimately combine in that firm after extending his unbeaten file to 13-0, having already overwhelmed home rivals Sam Hyde, Tommy McCarthy, Chris Billam-Smith and Jack Massey.