Local favourite Arthur Abraham showed his class to overpower and overwhelm French challenger Mehdi Bouadla and take a comfortable eighth round TKO.
In doing so, Abraham defended his WBO World Super-Middleweight crown for the first time and, with George Groves having outgunned Glen Johnson earlier that night, the way could be paved for the popular Hammersmith fighter to get a first World title shot.
The Armenian-born, German-based Abraham was the better fighter for the duration. His dominance showed as a nasty cut opened up over Bouadla's right eye, and, ultimately, ended the fight in the eighth. It became clear that Bouadla didn't have the appetite for the fight, and, with blood streaming into his eye, referee Mark Nelson stepped between the two to hand the 32-year-old reiging champion the win.
Popular Armenian-born German-based super-middleweight Arthur Abraham returns to BoxNation for a third time this year as he faces his first WBO World title defence against Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla.
Abraham's last outing saw him outgun Robert Stieglitz in a thrilling contest to secure the WBO World Super-Middleweight title, and now the 32-year-old is eyeing up a first defence.
Mehdi Bouadla is 26 - 4, and currently ranked 13th as a middleweight by the WBA, which suggests that Abraham might be in for a comfortable first defence.
The French 30-year-old's most recent defeat came in June 2011, when he suffered a sixth round TKO against a powerful Mikkel Kessler.
15 December 2012, 20:00:00
Jack Culcay moved to 14 - 0 with a whirlwind stoppage of Frenchman Jean Michel Hamilcaro. The 27-year-old WBA Intercontinental Light-Middleweight Champion had too much pace for Hamilcaro, who did well to stick it out until the fifth round when he was knocked down.
Hamilcaro managed to clamber from the canvas and make the count, but Culcay showed a predatory instinct to follow up with a flurry of blows that caused referee Jan Christensen to wave the fight away and hand Culcay a fifth round TKO.