Confounding the predictions of the vast majority of media experts, Australia's Vic Darchinyan dominated sharp boxing Cristian Mijares before knocking out the southpaw stylist in the ninth round to add the WBC and WBA titles to his own IBF belt at super flyweight.
After having seen off dangerous fellow Mexican Jorge Arce with ease last year, Mijares was expected to avoid the winging shots of the Aussie bomber, who was stopped by Nonito Donaire 15 months ago but that's not what transpired in this battle of southpaws.
Darchinyan's normally wide punching style was replaced with a tightly controlled manner but the native born Armenian still punched with authority and Mijares was floored in the first from an uppercut.
The Gomez Palacio man beat the count but was surprisingly outboxed over the balance of the fight, caught repeatedly with the left hand of Darchinyan.
Mijares did have some success catching Darchinyan on the way in, but "The Raging Bull" simply walked through the efforts of Mijares and imposed his will upon the WBC/WBA Champion, pounding away until Mijares was felled for good by a perfect left cross and the bout was stopped at the end of the ninth.
Darchinyan moves to 31-1-1 (25) after winning the biggest fight of his career while Mijares loses for the first time in over six years to fall to 36-4-2 (15).
There was good action on the undercard with super middle Andre Dirrell, 17-0 (12), shedding the prospect tag with a thorough outboxing of Australian based Russian slugger Victor Oganov, 28-2 (28), stopping the 32 year old Perth resident in the sixth round to win a WBO eliminator, which was also for the NABO title.
Another super middle, Carlos De Leon Jr, 21-2-2 (14), was on the bill, stopping Brad Austin, 8-5 (5), in the third frame of a scheduled eight rounder.