Dillian Whyte stayed on course for a world heavyweight title fight after a chilling knockout victory over Lucas Browne at The O2.
The Brixton man landed a huge left hook in the sixth round that dropped Browne heavily onto the canvas as he moved within touching distance of a shot at WBC champion Deontay Wilder.
Whyte displayed a calmness in the opening round, despite months of heated words between the duo, and speared his jabs onto Browne, who was left with a cut over his right eye.
Blood dripped from Browne's eye in the second and Whyte sensed his vulnerability, ramming in right hands onto a subdued opponent.
Another big right wobbled Browne in the third and he crudely tried to stand and trade, but 'The Body Snatcher' answered with more accuracy and targeted the ribs in the fourth.
By the fifth, Browne's face was a crimson mess, and Whyte gave a hint of what was to come when he landed a stiff right hand.
Whyte came storming out for the sixth and unloaded a massive left that dropped Browne dramatically onto his face and the fight was swiftly waved off.
After a few worrying moments, Browne was helped to his feet, and the WBC No 1-ranked Whyte could look ahead to a potential meeting with Wilder.