Anthony Yarde was the first man in professional rankings to stop Dec Spelman, fueling his rivalry with British lightweight friend Joshua Buatsi. The 29-year-old ruthlessly won his sixth round stop for the second consecutive win from a Russian loss, Sergey Kovalev, in his WBO title shoot last summer.
There is a forward-looking battle with Buatsi, and Yarde warns South Londoner with a demonstration of the devastating strength of his blow.
In his recent loss of points for Shakan Pitters, the current British champion and title holder for the Commonwealth Lyndon Arthur, Spelman had proved his strength, but Yarde appeared eager to crack his resistance from the opening bell.
In the first round, Spelman answered in a quick right hand, but soon Yarde startet to see the range for the club shots in the second. The shooter missed with looping sticks.
By the third Spelman had a bloody nose, and in the fourth round Anthony Yarde applied more punishment.
Yarde started to shake his attack by the fifth, and then clinically he clinically stopped his fight by the sixth, with Spelman flooring in his right hands with a flourish.
Ekow Essuman won a strong score over Cedrick Peynaud on the undercard to remain in battle against domestic competitors such as Conor Benn and Chris Kongo.