Liam Smith twice rebuked Anthony Fowler for ruthlessly stopping his Liverpoodlian opponent in the eighth round to keep his world title ambitions alive.
Smith, a former WBO super-welterweight champion, showed his superior experience against Fowler, who came off the canvas in the fifth round, but was stopped by referee Howard Foster after he was dropped again at Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena.
Fowler made a lively start and Smith smiled insultingly after suffering a cut in his left eye in the first round.
But Smith fired in the fifth with a big right-hand shot that smashed Fowler into the canvas and left the 30-year-old stunned for the rest of the round.
Fowler tried to stand firm in sixth place, unloading a good left hook, but Smith dramatically signaled the end as he hit with a left hand, knocking his British opponent to the floor in eighth place.
Earlier in the evening, Troy Williamson became the new British Super-Welterweight Champion when he ended an epic clash against Ted Chisman in the 10th round knockout.
In an exciting sixth round, Chisman was stunned in a fierce exchange, but responded with a violent combination to hit Williamson.
With no fighter willing to give up the field, Williamson finally gave a final punch as the top right-hander threw Chisman on his back, signaling referee Michael Alexander to finish.
Shannon suffered further frustration at Courtney as she was defeated by a majority decision by Jamie Mitchell after losing her WBA Bantamweight belt on the scale.
On the court, who could not limit Friday’s weight-limit, the American challenger left him behind, who claimed the WBA title with scores of 96-94 and 97-93, the third judge drew it.