Albert Sosnoski's Cinderella run at heavyweight glory was unceremoniously halted by divisional kingpin Vitali Klitschko last night in front of 60,000 fans at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
After having defeated a laundry list of less than stellar opposition over the course of his first 45 pro bouts, over his last three appearances Sosnowski stopped former British champ Danny Williams and outpointed Paolo Vidoz, sandwiched around a European Union title draw against Francisco Pianeta.
Klitschko, 40-2 (38), however, served notice that he remains, along with his WBA/WBO/IBO champion brother Wladimir, the class of the division with yet another dominant performance.
But big-hearted Sosnowski, 45-3-1 (27), did manage to remain on his feet until the tenth round against the mammoth Klitschko, a feat few gave the Pole a chance to pull off prior to the bout.
The London based 31 year old had his moments at times but could not erase the size, reach, power and skill advantages enjoyed by the champion, finally paying the price at 2:20 of the tenth.
Klitschko's manadatory WBC challenger is former Cuban amateur star and currently undefeated WBC International strapholder Odlanier Solis, who has spent the past year calling out Klitschko in the press and will soon have the opportunity to back up his claims to having the skills to unseat the hardest punching fighter in the sport.
Chief support bout saw NABF heavyweight beltholder Johnathon Banks, 24-1-1 (17), held to a majority draw by Jason Gavern, 19-7-4 (8), after 12 rounds of unruly action that saw both men lose a point.