American heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder continued his quest for a world title shot by knocking out fellow countrymen Malik Scott in the first round.
The 28-year-old, who has stopped all of his opponent inside the distance, wasted no time in dismantling Scott with a left-right combination inside the first round.
Scott tried to get up but he couldn't beat the count, ending the fight within 96 seconds.
The crowd booed the stoppage after Scott said he would give Wilder "the best of his life so far", but it was far from that.
Scott was stalked around the ring by Wilder as the 'Bronze Bomber' attempted to land a shot in the early exchanges, but after a quiet opening minute no punches were exchanged.
Wilder then got Scott near the ropes and unleashed a left hook that seemed to distort his unfortunate opponent's equilibrium on, with the unbeaten heavyweight throwing a right hand which touched Scott's gloves on the way down.
The 33-year-old went down and didn't get up, with replays suggesting that fans were right to be unhappy with the decision and ending to what was billed as a test for Wilder.
“The left was to the temple,” Deontay said. “People don’t understand that even when you have your gloves up, you’re still being hit with 230 pounds of power.
"It still hurts. I don’t care if it don’t go past 4 rounds. I’m just on a mission to win the heavyweight championship of the world and bring it back to America. BOMB SQUAD!!!”
Scott, who is known to the British crowd for being stopped by Dereck Chisora last year still has questions to answer at the top level after a swift knockout defeat.
Wilder meanwhile improves to 31-0, with all his victories coming by knockout. He will now have his eyes locked on the Chisora-Tyson Fury winner, with their rematch taking place in July as a final eliminator for Wladimir Klitschko's heavyweight crown.
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