Former European heavyweight champion Robert Helenius made it three wins in a row on Saturday night.
The big Finn, known as the ‘Nordic Nightmare’, scored a highlight reel knockout of Erkan Teper in Waldenbuch.
Helenius thudded in a left with just seconds remaining in round eight, before ending the fight with his next punch.
Teper went down flat on his back. And despite attempts use the bottom rope, had no chance of making the count.
The win means Helenius pushes to 28-2 following a third straight victory since losing to Dillian Whyte.
Helenius was dominated by the Londoner in November of last year but is now back in the mix after taming Teper.
At 34, time is running out for Helenius to claim a title shot on the back of going close to landing Deontay Wilder in 2016.
Helenius lost out to Johann Duhaupas in a shock defeat at the time, ending any hopes of facing Wilder in America.
For Teper, it’s another blow for the German’s controversial ring stint. Tainted by a failed drug test following a David Price KO. And Teper has since lost three of his last six contests.
Each time Teper levels up he tends to lose, although Helenius becomes the first to lay the 36 year-old out for the count.
Prior to the triumph, Helenius was rated 24th with the WBC. He could now be a strong contender for the Top 15 in the October list.
As things currently stand, all the world title belts are tied up. Only the WBA ‘regular’ belt in the possession of Manuel Charr is a target.
An adverse finding has put Charr’s reign in doubt though, as mandatory Fres Oquendo waits patiently for his turn.
Oquendo earned another chance at the strap four years ago but has since fight after fight cancelled for one reason or another.
WBC title holder Wilder faces Tyson Fury on December, meaning Helenius could opt for the WBA route.