Tyson Fury’s American debut gained a mixed reception from the critics but still moved him one step closer to a World Heavyweight Title shot.
The Morecambe-based giant produced a devastating right hand to knock out Steve Cunningham at Madison Square Garden in New York.
But Fury suffered a second round knockdown and was behind on points before his size and weight advantage proved too much for the American.
The victory moves the 24-year-old to 21-0 (15) and on to a final eliminator against Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev this summer – with the winner receiving a shot at Wladimir Klitschko’s IBF Heavyweight crown.
“It’s one of those things, you can’t go swimming and not get wet,” said Fury when asked about the knockdown, the second of his career.
“It was a matter of time until I got hold of him and when I caught him it was curtains.”
Fury’s good friend Isaac Lowe remained undefeated on the same night, winning his third professional fight in Blackpool.
The Westgate Warrior stopped veteran Delroy Spencer in the second round at the Winter Gardens to take his record to 3-0.
The 19-year-old was fighting on the undercard of Brian Rose’s WBO intercontinental light middleweight title victory over Joachim Alcine.