On February 19, Arslanbek Makhmudov (14-0, 14 KOs) dealt a crippling blow to the usually durable Polish giant Mariusz Wach with a sixth round stoppage, a feat that Hughie Fury, Dillian Whyte and Jarrell Miller could not achieve.

The performance made a further statement by Makhmudov to the top names in his weight class. The latest victory raised Makhmudov from the ninth to the sixth position in the WBC's world rankings in the heavyweight division.

Makhmudov's handlers believe the boxer has made considerable progress. He currently holds the NABF and NABA titles - with a world championship fight being targeted for 2023.

Makhmudov is well aware that the floodgates could soon open for him and that opportunity will come knocking in the coming months, and the dangerous puncher could hardly contain his enthusiasm.

“My dream is to become champion of the world, and I’m willing to sacrifice and train hard every day at the gym to get there. I feel I’m progressing by leaps and bounds, and that motivates me to the extreme," Makhmudov said.

IN OTHER NEWS: Khainell Wheeler needed just 82 seconds to stop Ryan Adams in a scheduled eight-round super middleweight fight in front of a large crowd at The Wind Creek Event Center in Bethlehem, PA.

The eight-bout card was promoted by King's Promotions.

Seconds into the bout, Wheeler dropped Adams with a power jab. Adams never fully regained his balance , as he was wobbled by two more punches, and the fight was stopped at 1:22.

Wheeler, 167.3 lbs of Bethlehem is 7-1 with six knockouts. Adams, 165.6 lbs of Saint Louis, MO is 8-5-1.

Kenny Robles pounded out an eight-round unanimous decision over Naim Nelson in a junior welterweight bout.

Robles, 141 lbs of Staten Island, NY won by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74 and is now 9-1. Nelson, 139.9 lbs of Philadelphia is 14-6.

Jonathan Rodriguez won a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Flores Chavez in A bantamweight fight.

In round six, Chavez was deducted a point for holding. Rodriguez dominated the action and won by scores of 60-53 on all cards.

Rodriguez, 119.6 lbs of Bethlehem is now 10-1. Chavez, 118 lbs of Baja, MEX is 9-14.

James Bernadin stopped Kevin Asmat in the 6th and final round of their lightweight fight.

It was a tough scrap that was set up the day before when Benadin shoved Asmat at the weigh in. Bernadin got the better of the action, but Asmat had moments. In round six, Bernadin landed several hard shots that forced a referee stoppage at 2:52.

Bernadin, 135.7 lbs of Lancaster, PA is 6-0 with four knockouts. Asmat, 135.1 lbs of North Bergen, NJ is 6-3.

Julian Gonzalez remained perfect as he stopped Carlos Padilla at the end of round two of their six-round lightweight contest. Gonzalez beat down Padilla and the bout was stopped.

Gonzalez, 134.1 lbs of Reading, PA is 6-0 with six knockouts. Padilla, 138.9 lbs of Barranquilla, COL is 17-11-1.

LeAnna Cruz remained undefeated with a four-round unanimous decision over Anyela Lopez in a bantamweight fight.

Cruz, 113.7 lbs of Allentown, PA won by scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice to go to 2-0. Lopez, 115.3 lbs of Tucson, AZ is 2-2.

Quadir Albright remained perfect with a 3rd round stoppage of Antonio Wattell in a scheduled six-round junior welterweight bout.

In round one, Albright landed a huge right that knocked Wattell down and out of the ring. Wattell was about to beat the 20 count of referee Shawn Clark. Wattell fought back in round three. Albright dropped Wattell with a hard combination to the head. Albright finished off the fight with a vicious body combination that forced a referee stoppage at 2:57.

Albright, 141.6 lbs of Philadelphia is 5-0 with five knockouts. Wattell, 140.6 lbs of Houston, TX is 3-6-2.

In an exciting battle of pro debuting welterweights, Thanjhae Teasley stopped Daniel Jiles in round two of their four-round fight.

Jiles used his length early, but Teasley was able to make the adjustments and get inside and batter Jiles until the bout was stopped at 2:29.

Teasley, 147.4 lbs of Bethlehem, PA is 1-0 with one knockout. Jiles, 147.5 lbs of Philadelphia is 0-1.