Chris Eubank Jr through to Super Series semis after emphatic victory
By Mark Crellin
Last Updated: 07/10/17 11:15pm
Chris Eubank Jr produced a scintillating performance to knock out Avni Yildirim in Stuttgart and defend his IBO super-middleweight world title.
The crowd at the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle were firmly on the side of Yildirim but the Turk went down in the first and then was stopped in the third, for the first time in his pro career.
The fight doubled up as a quarter-final of the World Boxing Super Series and Eubank will now meet the winner of next week's George Groves-Jamie Cox bout in the semis.
The 28-year-old seems to be improving all the time and he produced an action-packed display here, swiftly silencing the hostile crowd.
Yildirim was dictating the tempo from the centre of the ring early on but was suddenly caught by an uppercut and sank to his knees to take the count.
The second round was more even but Eubank seemed to have the edge, working hard and landing plenty of punches.
And he launched a stunning onslaught in round three, landing a series of punches to force Yildirim back before knocking him to the ground with a huge left hook.
The referee waved the fight over immediately and a stern-faced Eubank gazed into the crowd without a glimmer of a smile, having finished the job with just over a minute left in round three.