Demetrius Andrade dropped and outpointed a brave Liam Williams to retain his WBO middleweight title in Hollywood.
Williams' pursuit of delivering a shock upset got off to the worst start possible as he tasted the canvas in the second round.
The Welshman, however, rallied back and made the final bell.
While Williams had minimal success throughout the fight, he did earn the respect of Andrade in round nine after rocking the two-division world champion with a straight right.
The judges scored it 118-109, 118-109, 116-111 to Andrade.
What next for both fighters?
For Andrade, his unblemished record is extended to 30-0 and a signature fight he has craved for so long should be next, with Gennadiy Golovkin a possible opponent.
"At the end of the day, I'm the champion. I'm undefeated," Andrade told DAZN's Chris Mannix fresh off his win.
"I shouldn't have to inspire anyone to get into the ring for a belt, an undefeated record and a whole lot of money on the table, so whenever we could sit down at the table and make something happen. I'm willing to do it. I'm willing to risk it all."
Timing is everything.
With Canelo out of the reckoning it leaves two standout names for "Boo Boo" in Jermall Charlo and GGG.
Just like Terence Crawford wanting Manny Pacquiao next, the legacy fight Andrade wants is with middleweight legend Golovkin.
With the pair both being signed to DAZN, it also makes more sense than Charlo.
At 39, Golovkin is a faded version of what he once was and you only have to look at his last two fights to make that judgement.
Should the fight come into fruition, it will give brilliant technician Andrade the chance of having a big W on his record.
For Williams - just like his devastating defeats to Liam Smith in 2017 - it will be a great learning experience for him on the world stage.
Since teaming up with Dominic Ingle, and moving up from light middleweight, Williams has showcased his punching prowess with seven consecutive knockouts prior to his meeting with Andrade.
Matchmaking will prove crucial for Williams next, who has been linked with a potential domestic dust-up with Chris Eubank Jr. later this year.