Terence Crawford said it “felt good” to shut up Jose Benavidez Jr after retaining his WBO welterweight title in Nebraska.
There had been bad blood between the two men in the build up to the fight and the weigh-in on Friday ended in chaos when Crawford tried to punch his opponent.
Crawford retained his unbeaten record with a 12th-round stoppage when the ref stepped in after the 31-year-old had floored his opponent and then kept his pre-fight promise of not shaking his opponents hand at the end of the contest.
The home favourite told ESPN: “It feels so good to shut somebody up who’s been talking for so long.
“I did what I said I was going to do. The knockout was coming. It was just a matter of time.
He slowed down tremendously. He was tired, and once he slowed down, I saw I could catch him with the uppercut.”