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Jose Luis Cruz stopped fellow American Vincent Thompson to win their super welterweight fight in Rancho Mirage, California.
The 25-year-old, unbeaten in 33 fights, ended the bout at 1:42 in the eighth round with a barrage of body shots that put Thompson down on one knee.
Cruz, ranked No. 13 by the World Boxing Council as a welterweight, won every round of all three judges' scorecards.
Thompson, 36, in only his second fight in seven years, dropped to 22-5.