David Avanesyan retains his European welterweight title with dominant exhibiting at Wembley Arena
DAVID AVANESYAN retained his European welterweight title with a second round stoppage of Liam Taylor at Wembley Arena. Referee Mark Lyson stepped in at 2-18 of the session because the spectacular Avanesyan – prepared for an additional raid at world degree – turned up the warmth.
Taylor was formidable early however Avanesyan’s guard was sturdy. As Taylor tried to benefit from his attain benefit, the favorite confirmed his high quality as he scored with measured hooks and proper uppercuts. Taylor’s ambition made it thrilling however, even within the opening phases, it was clear he had the proverbial mountain to climb.
It wasn’t lengthy earlier than he misplaced his footing. “Ava” edged ahead within the last minute of the primary round and wobbled his opponent with a hefty left hook, adopted with a proper uppercut, one other left earlier than a proper hand dropped Taylor.
The Briton fought again within the second however the gulf in school was clear. Avanesyan continued to stroll Taylor down, expertly selecting his pictures. Taylor tried to battle again however the punches he did land had no impact in any respect. A left hook harm the underdog once more.
Avanesyan took his time however didn’t waste it. Closing the space, selecting every blow with precision, Avanesyan clunked Taylor to the ropes with a left hook. A proper adopted that despatched Taylor’s head again. Another left hook clattered into Taylor and Lyson, watching carefully, known as off the one-side contest off. It was the right stoppage.
“Liam Taylor was fighting for his life in there,” mentioned Avanesyan’s coach, Carl Greaves. “He took a huge shot and the referee did exactly the right thing.”
“There is no stopping me,” Avanesyan mentioned afterwards. And in opposition to opponents like Taylor, he’s in all probability proper. But don’t anticipate any belt-holders at welterweight to name him out anytime quickly.
Avanesyan stepped in for Chris Eubank Jnr atop the Sky Sports Boxing UK relaunch after Eubank’s proposed opponent Anatoli Muratov (a late substitute for Sven Elbir, who was compelled to withdraw after contracting Covid-19) didn’t move the required British Boxing Board of Control exams.
“I’ve slept about an hour and a half since last night,” mentioned Eubank Jnr’s promoter, Kalle Sauerland of Wasserman Boxing. “We tried to find a new opponent, a late replacement for the late replacement, right up until the last minute. It was stressful and in the end we couldn’t do it.”
It is predicted that Eubank Jnr will struggle on the Sky Sports card on October 16 in opposition to an opponent to be introduced within the subsequent two days.
Others who did struggle included super-middleweight prospect Germaine Brown, who outpointed the energetic Jamal Le Doux over 10 rounds and returning cruiserweight expertise, Richard Riakporhe, who ended a two-year layoff to dominate Krzysztof Twardowski, dropping him within the eighth and last round en path to a lopsided factors win.