WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck returned to action last night and crushed his challenger at Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin.
Huck, 28-1 (21), got down to business right away against American visitor Adam Richards, 23-3 (15), a former heavyweight who had never previously faced world class opposition.
The third round proved to be the last for Richards as the Texan was dropped twice by flush shots, the second of which ended the bout at 2:30 of the frame.
Huck has now won nine consecutive bouts and retains the WBO title for the second time while Richards has now lost two of his last four contests.
Cruiserweight southpaw Yoan Pablo Hernandez, 21-1 (11), won ever round enroute to posting a unanimous points verdict over Cesar David Krentz, 18-4 (11), to keep the IBF Intercontinental belt.
On of the top heavyweight contenders in the word, Alexander Povetkin, 19-0 (14), kept busy with a fifth round stoppage of Jaiver Mora, 22-6-1 (18), who was down in the first and second frames.
Prospect Alexander Frenkel, 22-0 (17), won an eight rounder against American veteran Michael Simms, 21-13-2 (13), at cruiserweight.