Roland Garros, France - Souleymane Cissokho (14-0, 9 KOs), who earned a bronze medal for France at the 2016 Rio Olympics, made the first defense of his WBA Intercontinental super welterweight strap with a four round stoppage of Russian veteran Ismail Iliev (13-3-1, 3 KOs), who came in as a late replacement.
Cissokho won the belt in May with a split decision over Kieron Conway on the Canelo Alvarez-Billy Joe Saunders undercard.
The French star, who is trained by veteran coach Virgil Hunter, came out winging big shots on Iliev from the start. Iliev was coming forward, being aggressive and not backing away.
Cissokho was boxing smart, staying at a safe distance by utilizing his jab and landing counters - which allowed him to neutralize the incoming charge of Iliev. In the third, Cissokho landed several big shots and opened up a cut around the left eye of Iliev, who claimed the cut was caused by a clash of heads.
The cut seemed to be getting worse in the fourth, as the right hands of Cissokho were landing flush to score a big knockdown. Illiev beat the count and made it out of the round.
However, the fight was stopped after four rounds had concluded - with Illiev's corner choosing to wave things off due to the cut.
In a showdown for the vacant EBU light heavyweight title, 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Mathieu Bauderlique (21-1, 12 KOs) picked up the biggest win of his career with a seven round stoppage over world title challenger Igor Mikhalkin (24-3, 11 KOs)
Coming in, Bauderlique was riding an eight fight win streak since a shocking first-round knockout loss.
Mikhalkin, who is usually very durable, suffered his first stoppage defeat since losing to then world champion Sergey Kovalev in 2018.
Bauderlique started very well in the first, with several accurate punches connecting on Mikhalkin. Bauderlique continued to connect with the more accurate punches in the first half of the bout - sending Mikhalkin backwards often. He also opened up cuts around the eyes of Mikhalkin and created swelling under his right eye.
Mikhalkin was holding his own and attempting to make adjustments, but he was being broken down round by round. After the seventh round had concluded, the fight was stopped as Mikhalkin could no longer continue.
It was revealed in the aftermath that Mikhalkin suffered a potential fracture to his jaw, promoting an immediate end to the contest.
Bauderlique has now won five of his last six fights inside the distance.