LEIGH WOOD scored a stunning knockout on Josh Warrington's undercard, sending opponent Reece Mould through the ropes.
The featherweight pair put on a thrilling fight for the vacant British title, producing back and forth action.
Mould was dropped in the fourth after a thudding uppercut, which halted his early success in the bout.
After some closely contested rounds, Wood found the breakthrough in the ninth.
A perfectly timed check left-hook sent Mould crashing to the canvas head first.
Somehow the 26-year-old, a training partner of Warrington's beat the count, but was soon finished.
Wood turned southpaw and drove his man back, letting his hands go and after a flurry of hooks, Mould was KOd and tumbled into the ropes.
The Nottingham man, 32, himself was stopped in similar style by Gavin McDonnell in 2014 while challenging for the same belt at super-bantam.
Classy Wood wished beaten but promising contender Mould a speedy recovery and tipped him to come again.
He tweeted: "I really hope Reece bounces back from Saturday.
"He’s got plenty of time and ability, Been there myself back in 2014 know too well what it feels like."
Further misery for Mould mounted later on that night as gym-pal Josh Warrington, 30, was handed a disastrous first defeat.
The Leeds hero was KOd by Mexican outsider Mauricio Lara, 22, in round nine, having been badly dropped and shaken in the fourth.
Warrington, who vacated his IBF world title in search of bigger fights, reportedly suffered fractured jaw and burst eardrum.
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