Britain’s Amir Khan claimed the WBC international welterweight title with a fourth-round stoppage of Australian Billy Dib in Saudi Arabia.
Khan floored Dib in the second round with a fierce left hook at King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah.
A rapid combination of punches then saw Dib fall to the canvas again, prompting his corner to throw in the towel.
Dib only took the fight in June after original opponent Neeraj Goyat withdrew after being injured in a car crash.
It was an explosive display by Khan, who was looking to bounce back from his controversial defeat to WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in April, which saw him accused of “quitting” after his corner pulled him out following a low blow from the American in the sixth round.
After flooring Dib with a counter left hook in the second, another left hook in the third saw the Australian shaken but able to stay on his feet.
There would be no escape in the fourth, though, as a double left hook followed up by a rapid combination saw Dib go down again and prompt the towel to be thrown.
The Sydney-born fighter, who has held a world title at featherweight, moved up to make his welterweight debut having only been confirmed as Khan’s opponent last month and described the opportunity as his “real-life Rocky moment”.
There would be no fairytale ending, though, as Dib struggled to cope with Khan’s superior speed and power.
More to follow.