Carl Frampton has secured a sensational second-round knock-out win over Hugo Cazares in the WBC super-bantamweight title eliminator in Belfast.
Frampton’s devastating left-hook floored the tough Mexican who then failed to make the count.
It was the first time Cazares had been stopped since losing to compatriot Gerson Guerrero in October 1999.
The 27-year-old will now be in line for a crack at WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz, another Mexican, later this year.
“We are going to make an outstanding proposal to Santa Cruz financially and hopefully he will come over to Belfast,” said Frampton’s manager Barry McGuigan.
“The sooner we can get it on the better.
“He has got morals and I believe he genuinely wants to fight Carl. It is all about sitting down and hammering out the deal.”
Frampton, who has now won all 18 professional fights, including 13 inside the distance, said: “That was a big shot that hurt him and it shows the power I have.