Charles Martin captured the vacant IBF heavyweight title after opponent Vyacheslav Glazkov was forced to retire in the third round at Barclays Center.
The undefeated puncher was in control for the opening two rounds until Glazkov suffered a knee injury and hobbled out of the fight to hand Martin the belt.
Martin, who improves to 23-0-1, is now a major player in the top division and is in line for a unification with the WBC title holder later this year.
Glazkov’s promoters Main Events confirmed after the fight that the Ukrainian suffered a tear in his right anterior cruciate ligament and will need plenty of time to recover.
Heavyweight Adam Kownacki successfully navigated his way past Danny Kelly via a unanimous decision following an eight-round contest. The 26 year-old Polish-born American pushed his C.V to 13-0 after going the distance for the second fight running.
Maciej Sulecki halted Derrick Findley in the seventh round to keep his impressive run going. The 26 year-old is now 22-0 in the paid ranks and aims to be mixing it with better super-middleweight company this year. At cruiserweight, Mike Lee stopped Joe Gardner in three rounds to remain undefeated through 16 pro contests.
Earlier, Botirsher Obidov defeated Ramil Gadzhiev on all three cards in a four rounder at super-middleweight to remain undefeated, whilst welterweight Ivan Golub stopped Juan Rodriguez in the first round to move to 10-0.
Promising light-heavyweight Carlos Gongora improved to 4-0 with a fourth round TKO win over Derrick Adkins, whilst Julian Sosa took out Bryan Timmons in the second round and can now boast a 4-0-1 record on his welterweight run.