Krzysztof Glowacki upset long-time reigning champion Marco Huck to win the WBO cruiserweight belt on Friday night.
In what was the co-featured bout to the Antonio Tarver-Steve Cunningham main event on the "Premier Boxing Champions" card on Spike, the Polish pugilist knocked out his German opponent in the 11th round, after being down on the scorecard of each of the three judges.
Upon entering the 11th round, Huck was leading 96-93, 96-93 and 95-94 on the judges' scorecards.
Huck (38-3-1, 26 KO's) entered the fight on the verge of breaking the record for the most consecutive cruiserweight title defenses in boxing history (14), but found his match against Glowacki (25-0, 16 KO's) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Glowacki hurt Huck in the first and knocked down the reigning champion in the 11th, before stopping him on the ropes later in what proved to be the final bout of the fight.
After the number one contender started the fight aggressively, dominating the first two rounds, Huck seemed to come to grips with his thrashing style in the following rounds.
By the time the fight entered the sixth round, Huck had upped the pace of the fight significantly while Glowacki seemingly struggled with fatigue. But despite the champion's clear superiority at this stage of the fight, he was unable to land the telling blow.
In the sixth round, though, Huck landed a wide left hook that dropped his opponent on the canvass and the fight appeared to be over, but Glowacki managed to come back to his feet before being counted out and the fight was allowed to continue.
Over the next four rounds, Glowacki continued to give as good as he got and while he landed several good blows, he remained behind on the judges' scorecards heading into the penultimate round.
Then in the 11th, Glowacki connected with a left and wide right to drop Huck to the canvass. The champion was able to get up but Glowacki continued to batter him with left hooks and with the clock on 2:39, referee David Fields stopped the fight after Huck was again dropped while on the ropes.
"Fans around the world will now have to respect the cruiserweight division," Glowacki said in the ring after the fight.
"When there was one minute left in the eleventh I knew I had to come on strong," said Glowacki.
"I always had a thing against bullies. Huck was trying to bully me in the ring and I brought it to him. This is the biggest night of my life."