Bolton Whites Hotel, Bolton - In a battle for the British heavyweight title, Hughie Fury (21-1, 11 KOs) dropped Sam Sexton (24-4, 9 KOs) two times on a direct path to score a stoppage victory in the fifth round.
For Fury, this was his first fight since suffering his first career defeat last September - a twelve round majority decision at the hands of then WBO world champion Joseph Parker.
And for Sexton, he was riding a nine fight win streak. His last defeat came at the hands of an undefeated David Price in May of 2012.
Fury came out boxing in the first, using distance and pumping his jab. Sexton was pushing forward and looking to rough Fury up with an inside fight.
The second saw Fury control most of the action with his boxing. Sexton was unable to land anything of note.
Sexton was starting to do a little better in the third, by cutting off the distance better. Fury was still in the full control of the bout. Sexton was having a lot of trouble dealing with the movement and the difference in speed.
The first taste of drama began in the fourth. Sexton was coming on strong and seemed to be working his way into the fight - but then Fury landed a big right hand in the final minute that rocked and dropped Sexton. The clock ran out before Fury could really follow up.
In the fifth round, Fury came out controlling the action. Sexton seemed to shake off the previous round and began to once again come forward with winging shots. And then Fury landed another big counter right that dropped Sexton on his back. Sexton got up and appeared to be in bad shape, with the referee taking a very close look and deciding to wave off the contest. There was no argument from Sexton when the referee stopped the fight.