Jack Catterall pulled off a stunning victory to defeat Tom Stalker and win the vacant WBO European light-welterweight title at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.
The Chorley southpaw started superbly, knocking down Stalker in rounds one and two
The unbeaten Catterall, who improved his record to 10-0, suffered a bad cut under his right eye, which swelled badly in the seventh.
But Catterall fought back, and in the eighth he rocked Stalker with a straight left hand.
Catterall moved in for the kill and landed a number of right and left hands before referee Mark Lyson stopped the bout with 2.48 on the clock.
The victory over Stalker, who had an illustrious amateur career which saw him captain Team GB at the Olympics, and win a Commonwealth gold medal, gives Catterall a top 15 world ranking in the WBO organisation.
It was an electric start to the fight for Catterall, as the 21-year-old boxed beautifully behind the jab and landed with three clean left hands.
The head of Stalker snapped back before he was put down for the first time in his career, after he was on the receiving end of another big left hand.
Round two was much of the same, Stalker struggling to cope with the power of Catterall and he found himself on the canvas once again as a straight left crippled him to the floor.
Liverpudlian Stalker struggled throughout the fight and he took a number of left and right hands.
Catterall, who in July defeated Nathan Brough, a former amateur team mate of Stalker, continued to dominate the fight, and he showed he possessed power in both his right and left hands with Stalker’s face badly bruised and bloody. However, in round seven, Stalker landed an uppercut to the right eye of Catterall, which swelled up at a rapid pace and caused problems.
But in round eight, Catterall went on the offensive once again, as he landed a huge straight left which rocked Stalker on to his heels.
Catterall continued to land shots to the body and head of Stalker, before cornerman Seamus Macklin threw the towel in and referee Lyson lunged in, bringing the domestic bout to an end.