Crawford knocks out Avanesyan in 6th round to retain WBO title – Orange County Register
By Eric Olson
OMAHA, Neb. – Undefeated world champion Terence Crawford knocked out David Avanesyan in the sixth round on Saturday night to retain his WBO welterweight belt.
Crawford, fighting for the first time in over a year, wobbled the sixth-ranked challenger with a flurry of punches before landing a right cross to the chin that put Avanesyan on the canvas 2 minutes and 14 seconds into the match. the sleeve.
“I was touching it on the body and I could see it had an effect,” Crawford said. “He had a high guard and I picked up the pace. There were bunch punches, I saw an opening and took it and the rest is history.
Crawford was fighting in his hometown for the sixth time as a professional and the first time since 2018, and the cheers of “Craw-ford!” Crawford! started before the introductions.
The pay-per-view fight was staged after negotiations for an undisputed welterweight championship bout between Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. broke down in October.
Crawford did not call Spence directly, saying he would consider anyone who wants to fight, preferably in the spring.
“We don’t know what’s next,” Crawford said. “We have to go back to the drawing board and be ready for whoever it is.”
Brian McIntyre, Crawford’s trainer, said his fighter would be ready to go from 147 pounds to 154.
“I don’t think anyone at 54 or 47 can beat him,” McIntyre said. “The only question is, ‘Who’s ready to fight him? “”
Crawford, 35 (39-0, 30 KOs) showed no signs of rust in his first fight since stopping Shawn Porter in the 10th round on Nov. 20, 2021.
Avanesyan (29-4-1), who had previously fought in March and won by technical knockdown over Oskari Metz, was there with Crawford for the first five rounds.
Crawford came out in an orthodox stance, but switched to southpaw midway through the first round and fought that way for the entire duration.
Crawford used an effective jab to neutralize Avanesyan, but the Russian never backed down. Crawford rocked him with a combination to the head and body in the fourth, landed some solid body shots in the fifth, then took full control in the sixth.
Crawford landed three straight uppercuts to the chin, wobbled him with a few body shots, then landed the decisive blow that took Avanesyan down.
In the fight featured on the undercard, former MMA star Cris Cyborg won by unanimous decision over Gabrielle Holloway (0-3) in four rounds in her professional boxing debut.
Cyborg was the aggressor throughout and in round three Holloway leaned along the ropes with a flurry of blows to the head and body. After the standing eight count, Cyborg landed a few more punches to end the round and continued his assault to the fourth.
In other bouts, light heavyweight Steve Nelson (18-0, 15 KOs) knocked out James Ballard (10-4) in 2:41 of round one; Jeremiah Milton (8-0) won by unanimous decision over 388-pound heavyweight Dujuan Calloway (5-2) in six rounds; and super bantamweight Arnold Khegai (19-1-1) won by split decision over Eduardo Baez (21-4-2) in 10 rounds.
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