Arthur Abraham of Germany successfully defended his WBO super middleweight title with a technical knockout win over Mehdi Bouadla of France in the eighth round on Saturday.
Abraham dominated until American referee Mark Nelson stepped in to stop the one-sided contest 2 minutes, 11 seconds into the round, when Bouadla's vision was impeded by streaming blood from repeated left and right blows.
''This is where I started boxing. To be here now, in front of 10,000 people as world champion - there's no better feeling,'' Abraham said after his first defense of the title he won on points from Robert Stieglitz in Berlin in August.
''We have only one recipe - to win. But I have to say that he never gave up. He kept going to the end, and he punched hard. 2012 was a great year. I became world champion. I'm very happy.''
Abraham (35-3, 28 KO), an Armenia-born German, had been in such control that he received a telling off from his coach after the fourth round for his gung-ho approach.