CHRIS EUBANK JR stepped into Hell and stayed ice cold to set up a potential Battle of Britain with George Groves.
The 28-year-old produced a career best performance, dropping Turk Avni Yildirim in the first round in Stuttgart before finishing him off with a stunning left hook in the third.
And he proved his mettle as he shrugged off the hostility produced by thousands of his opponent’s fans to do the business and reach the World Boxing Super Series semi final.
The Brighton man had been warned to expect a fiery reception at Friday’s weigh-in when Yildirim fans unfurled a banner that read ‘welcome to Hell’.
Eubank Snr had even moved the team out of the official fight hotel – the same one Team Yildirim were staying – because he said he felt hostile vibes around the place.
Yildirim’s trainer and manager Ahmet Oner had clashed with a member of the Eubank entourage at the pre-fight press conference and reeled off a load of explicit threats.
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And around 5,000 of Yildirim’s countrymen whipped up an electric atmosphere inside the Hanns-Martin-Schleyer Halle here with rumours that even a faction of Turkish Hell’s Angels had made the trip from Holland.
And there was carnage in the crowd an hour before Eubank even emerged as a mass brawl broke out with around 50 men involved.
Things turned really nasty as people used the steel chairs, which were not fixed to the floor, as weapons.
But the violence outside the ring ended by the time Eubank and Yildirim kicked off their own inside the ropes.
The proud Brit, who remained fully focused during the introductions, would have noted the loud booing and whistling during God Save the Queen.
And Eubank started like a train, dominating with a ramrod jab before dropping the Turk with a trademark right uppercut in the first round.
After a far closer second, Eubank put his foot on the gas again in the third and forced a chilling finish.
After a series of shots to the head and body, Eubank switched back upstairs and sent Yildirim crashing to the floor with a left hook from Hell.
Eubank stood back and watched as referee Leszek Jankowiak frantically waved off the fight with Yildirim attempting to somehow reach his feet.
At last the crowd was silent and the finish was so conclusive that the Yildirim fans could not even muster the energy to cause any more trouble.
Now Eubank can put his feet up and watch Saturday’s clash at Wembley Arena between Groves and Swindon hard man Jamie Cox in the other World Boxing Super Series quarter-final.