American O’Shaquie Foster now has the WBC world title in his sights after winning an eliminator against Muhammadkhuja Yaqubov.
Foster stepped on the gas in the second-half of the super-featherweight contest at Probellum Evolution and scored a sweet knockdown in the final round to help rubber stamp his victory.
Foster, nicknamed ‘Ice Water’, was awarded victory with scores of 118-109 and 117-110 and 117-110 by the ringside judges at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.
“It has been a long journey with lots of ups and downs but I feel great and I cannot wait for my shot at the world title,” the 19-2 Foster said.
“I feel like crying I am so happy.”
Foster admits he found his opponent from Tajikistan “awkward” in the early rounds but says he was able to “pick him off” thereafter, culminating in the hook which sent Yaqubov to the canvas in round 12.
WBC champion Oscar Valdez faces Shakur Stevenson in a unification clash on April 30 but Foster is now in line to face the winner.
Ireland’s Jono Carroll made good on his promise to stop Ghana’s Patrick Ayi Ayree – but he managed it quicker than he had predicted.
Super-featherweight contender Carroll believed he would get to Ayree by round five of tonight’s fight in Dubai but he forced his rival’s cornerman to throw in the towel in the fourth.
Carroll dominated the contest from the off and Ayree had little response to ‘King Kong’s’ variety of head and body attacks.
“I said the knockout would come in round five but it came earlier and I’ve been practising my power shots,” Carroll said, after he moved to 22-2-1.
“I know how hard I hit and I’ve been sitting on my shots and it told tonight with this stoppage.”