Touching scenes after ‘brutal’ knockout

British boxing phenom Joshua Buatsi has humbled French rival Daniel Dos Santos with a “brutal” knockout victory at Manchester Arena on Sunday morning AEST.

Buatsi delivered the telling blow late in the fourth round of their light-heavyweight bout to extend his unbeaten professional streak to 14 straight wins.

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Dos Santos was dropped in the second term following a furious assault before recovering and bundling Buatsi to the floor in the third.

The pair were locked in a patient battle during the fourth round, before the 28-year-old’s vicious right hook sent Dos Santos to the floor with approximately 20 seconds remaining.

Buatsi’s punch connected perfectly with the Frenchman’s jaw, and he needlessly swung again as his opponent slumped to the canvas — at which point referee Victor Loughlin immediately stopped the fight.

Classic commentators curse too.

What a brutal finish! I’m glad that Dos Santos esta bien. #[email protected] 🙏🏿

Told ya! Buatsi is a spiteful puncher who doesn’t like to do a second longer than he has to in there! Dos Santos just doesn’t belong at this level! No shame for him he’s gone in there and give it everything he had and has just lost to a future world champion imo! #BuatsiDosSantos

Boxing journalist Chisanga Malata tweeted: “That was a vicious, vicious knockout from Joshua Buatsi.”

British Olympian Jeanette Kwakye posted: “That was nasty nasty but good nasty from Buatsi.”

Dos Santos burst into tears after recovering from the blow, but Buatsi showed his class by consoling him instead of celebrating.

Footage later emerged of the Brit comforting a distraught Dos Santos in the sheds — it was the 30-year-old’s first defeat in 16 professional bouts.

“Keep your head up, trust me … keep your head up,” Buatsi mutters while embracing the devastated boxer.

The Olympic bronze medallist retained the WBA International light-heavyweight title, sealing his place as one of British boxing’s brightest prospects.

🗣️ "Keep your head up Champ, I wish you all the best" – @boxingbuatsi consoles Daniel Dos Santos post-fight 🙏

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