Anthony Mundine has kept alive his hopes of a fight against Jeff Horn with a second-round KO over former featherweight world title contender Tommy Browne in Sydney.
Mundine, 42, backed Browne up on Wednesday night in the closing seconds of the round, tagging him with several shots, before flooring him with a left hand to the head right on the bell.
He wins the vacant WBO Oriental middleweight title, notching his first win in more than three years and his first stoppage in four years.
Mundine called out WBO welterweight champion Horn after the bout.
Horn is on the verge of signing for a title defence against American superstar Terence Crawford, but Mundine has suggested he should fight him first.
"I think the boxing public and the whole of Australia would love that domestic fight showdown," Mundine said. "He can fight Crawford after me.
"I think we all want that - let's get it done. I whipped Danny Green and now I'll whip Jeff Horn."
Horn's trainer Glenn Rushton said earlier on Wednesday that the Crawford bout was their priority.
Mundine said he was not hurt by any of Browne's punches.
"I picked my shots and let my hands go," he said. "I had him hurt and, when I caught him with a right hand, I knew it was a good state and I came in to finish it."
Story originally appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald.