In an incredible finish, with Michael Conlan ahead on the cards and set to become WBA featherweight world champion, Leigh Wood delivered a sensational stoppage in the final round to retain his title.
Wood produced a brutal blow to the temple of Conlan which left him unconscious and the Irishman fell through the ropes following another flurry of shots.
Wood - who hit the deck himself from a left hand in the opening round - was outlanded 171-135 in total punches by Conlan on Saturday night.
To prove the grit and determination of Wood, CompuBox stats show that 80 of those punches were to the body. Meanwhile, when it comes to the jabs department, Conlan landed 26 compared to Wood's 12.
Wood - who was the fight Nottingham-born fighter to defend a world title in the city since Carl Froch - landed 33% (123/369) of his power shots, 11% less accurate than Conlan (145/327).
Conlan's tumble to the floor outside the ring led to him being taken out of the arena on a stretcher before the Irishman was transported to hospital.
Conlan issued a reassuring update on his condition via social media in the early hours of Sunday morning but Wood was still visibly shaken by what had occurred in their instant classic.
"It's hard to celebrate when it finished like that," said Wood (now 26-2, 16KOs). "I just gave it everything. I haven't got quit in me, whether it's round one or 12, not for one second.
"It's been some journey to get to here and I wasn't prepared to curl over. There's some massive fights ahead, it's not over yet, this is my peak, this isn't where I finish."
What next for Leigh Wood?
Nottingham Forest's City Ground stadium is the venue of choice for Wood next. There are calls for a rematch between the duo but another option is a unification clash against the winner of Kiko Martinez and Josh Warrington.
Eddie Hearn, who promotes both Wood and Leeds fighter Warrington, said: "If Leigh Wood fights in Nottingham again, it will only be at the City Ground. That's been his dream for a long time. If it's Vegas for Santa Cruz, we'll see.
"But with the Kiko Martinez fight, if he wins you do the fight at the City Ground. If Josh Warrington wins there's an argument as to whether we go City Ground or Elland Road, but it's a nice argument to have.
"For a long time, Leigh Wood has been scrimping around for no money in the sport, boxing for no money, on the road and the last year or so he's started making money," Hearn added.
"He's dedicated his whole life to the sport and you saw what he went through here, he deserves everything he gets from here and we'll make sure it's a massive fight next wherever it is."