Murat Gassiev overcame the odds to become the new IBF cruiserweight title at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia.
The undefeated 23 year-old, trained by Gennady Golovkin’s coach Abel Sanchez, dropped Denis Lebedev in the fifth before seeing out a split decision win 116-112, 116-111 and 113-114 on the scorecards.
Lebedev’s WBA strap wasn’t on the line for the Gassiev contest as the Russian dropped to 29-3.
In the co-feature, Julius Indongo shocked the crowd with a crushing first round knockout of unified super-lightweight world champion Eduard Troyanovsky.
The Namibian southpaw, nicknamed ‘The Blue Machine’, took home the IBF and IBO belts in a fight lasting just 40 seconds.
Indongo, 33, improves to 21-0 as Troyanovsky contemplates his first loss in 26 bouts.
Other action on the bill saw Maxim Vlasov halt Rakhim Chakhkiev in a see-saw battle at 200 pounds.
Vlasov put Chakhkiev on the canvas three times in the contest, whilst tasting mat himself in the sixth. The 30 year-old ended the fight in the very next session though to move closer to a shot at the WBA championship.
In the same weight category, Dmitry Kudryashov took just 74 seconds to demolish Santander Silgado and make it two wins on the spin since suffering a maiden reverse against Olanrewaju Durodola.