Canelo Alvarez was winning on the three-judge scorecards when his stop triumph over Billy Joe Saunders.
The cards were ultimately unnecessary as the Briton’s corner ended the fight due to a serious eye injury he suffered in the eighth round.
The fight started off positively for Canelo, who was the couple’s most active from the start.
He mistook Saunders for feints before hammering home by recounting body shots.
However, the Briton then picked up the momentum and appeared to start winning rounds himself.
His production increased and he was more and more successful until the eighth and last lap.
In that session, Saunders fell back after being caught with a big right counter-uppercut, which caused the damage, and he just survived the round before his corner ended the fight.
Until the standstill, it seemed to many observers that the fight was close.
However, the three Dallas judges didn’t see it that way.
Glen Feldman and Max DeLuca scored 78-74 for Canelo, while Tim Cheatham scored 77-75.
The stoppage made them irrelevant however, and Canelo was crowned king of the WBA, WBC, and WBO super middleweight regardless.