Vyacheslav Glazkov was handed a contentious unanimous decision win over Steve Cunningham to remain undefeated at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
In a drab contest, which Cunningham seemed to get the better of, Glazkov somehow walked away with a 116-112 twice and 115-113 victory.
With the triumph, the Ukrainian becomes the mandatory challenger with the IBF to face compatriot Wladimir Klitschko at some point in the near future.
Also on the card, knowledgeable fringe contender Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba frustrated previously undefeated Vasily Lepikhin to claim the vacant NABF light heavyweight title.
Chilemba, who is highly ranked by the majority of the major organisations, used his ring knowhow and superior tactics to nullify the threat of Lepikhin and see out a wide points victory.
After ten rounds which a virtually silent crowd groaned their way through, Chilemba was handed a 100-90, 99-91 twice decision on the judges’ scorecards.
Lepikhin lost for the first time what was the Russian’s 18th pro contest, whilst Chilemba scored a fourth straight win since suffering a career setback against Tony Bellew.
Chilemba himself is now 24-2-2.
Nadjib Mohammedi inched towards a possible fight with the winner of the main event as the Frenchman stopped Lee Campbell. Mohammedi recorded a sixth-round stoppage and can now boast an impressive 40-fight C.V consisting of 37 wins and just three defeats.
Earlier, Dmitry Mikhaylenko moved to 19-0 in stopping Felipe De la Paz Teniente in five rounds, whilst Dierry Jean scored a third successive knockout since suffering his solitary loss to Lamont Peterson in 2014. The 32 year-old had way too much in his locker for Carlos Reyes and took out the Dominican in the third round.