Errol Spence Jr produced a sure Punch of the Month contender to become the first man to stop Leonard Bundu and become the mandatory challenger for the IBF World Welterweight Title.
In the battle of the former Olympians, Spence prevailed and moved to 21-0 in the process with a lethal hook that left Bundu seeing stars.
The Italian Bundu used all of his experience in the opening exchanges to frustrate Spence before the American found his rhythm and started to apply his ramrod jab to head and body.
Spence made inroads from the fourth where his punching power was evident, outlanding his opponent more than two to one on the punch stats.
Fighting in New York, his place of birth, fans were left purring as the slick southpaw made his pound for pound credentials known.
With his latest dazzling display ‘The Truth’ extended his stoppage streak to eight in a row and sent a stark warning to his 147 lbs rivals.
Kell Brook, who fights Gennady Golovkin in September, holds the gold but Spence isn’t too fussed if it’s the Sheffield star next or whether he fights for a vacant title – He just wants the belt.
Red hot prospect Errol Spence Jr takes his 20-0 record up against the tough 33-1-2 41-year-old Italian Leonard Bundu in an IBF World Title eliminator.
The experienced Italian, born in Sierra Leone, has never before been stopped and has only lost to the top class Keith Thurman in 2014, so this is a true test of the prodigious talent that Spence Jr possesses.
The Long Island southpaw, now fighting out of Texas, has made a real name for himself as a rising star of the welterweight division. Where Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan couldn't stop Chris Algieri, Spence Jr did, and in stunning fashion, ending the fight in the fifth round after overwhelming the former World Champion.
The 26-year-old is currently on a 7-fight knockout streak that stretches back to 2014, and includes decent domestic level operators such as Sammy Vargas, Phil Lo Greco and Chris van Heerden, each of whom only has one loss before they faced Spence Jr.
For Bundu, a showdown with Spence Jr comes in 37th fight of his distinguished career. The two-time EBU European Champion might be a familiar name to BoxNation viewers as it was Bundu who took away Frankie Gavin's unbeaten record back in August 2014.