Alexander Povetkin knocked out Dillian Whyte in the fifth round of their heavyweight fight at Matchroom HQ on Saturday night.
The 40-year-old Russian floored Whyte with a devastating uppercut which inflicted just the second defeat of his career on the British boxer.
That punch completed a remarkable turnaround in the fight. In the previous round, Whyte had twice put Povetkin on the canvas and it look as though the result was only going one way.
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"I didn’t feel I would finish the fight like this but I was pretty confident in the fourth round," Povetkin told Sky Sports.
"I went down twice but it was OK. It was not too much damage. I was watching his fights and I see that he was missing uppercuts from the left and from the right. All my training I trained for those shots and it was definitely one of the best punches of my career."
Whyte had been the WBC's number one heavyweight contender for the past two years. A victory on Saturday would have set him up for a bout against the winner of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder's trilogy fight.
Eddie Hearn, Whyte's promoter, said there is a rematch clause which he will be exercising before the end of the year.