Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KO) showed his heart in a gruelling fight with John McDermott (25-7, 16 KO), eventually coming out on top with a ninth-round stoppage victory.
Fury started well, working behind his long jab to stretch out an early lead on the cards. As the rounds passed by, Fury was visibly slowing down, and by the sixth, the Manchester fighter looked that he had nothing left in the tank.
McDermott capitalised, pressurizing the sloppy and shattered Fury, forcing him to clinch every time he came in close. Fury lost a point in the seventh for persistent holding, which seemed to ignite him in the eighth.
Fury survived the early onslaught and landed his own one-two that made McDermott’s legs gave way, falling to the canvas at the end of the eighth. He was down three more times in round nine, forcing referee Dave Parris to wave away the contest.