Josh Kelly makes vibrant begin however David Avanesyan exhibits his class once more, writes Roy Kelly from Wembley Area
DAVID AVANESYAN produced one other ruthless show to retain his European welterweight title in devastating vogue with a sixth-round stoppage of Josh Kelly.
The challenger touched down halfway by way of the sixth spherical on the SSE Area and when the Russian went straight again on the assault with a volley of clubbing blows to the top, Kelly’s coach Adam Sales space properly threw within the towel at 2-15 of the session.
It was Avanesyan’s fourth successive European title victory inside the space and a surprising end to finish Kelly’s 11-fight undefeated run as an expert.
Having additionally wrecked Kerman Lejarraga’s unbeaten document with a ninth-round stoppage in Bilbao he returned to Spain for 2 first spherical defences – together with beating Lejarraga once more – earlier than taking Kelly’s ‘0’ at Wembley. He now deserves a world title shot.
“I’m so glad,” stated the 32-year-old who had endured this struggle with Kelly being postponed thrice. “I’ve needed to wait a very long time for this.”
It regarded like being a troublesome evening for the Newark-based former secondary WBA titlist when Kelly made a lightning begin. The 26-year-old was sharp from the primary bell, touchdown his jab properly whereas shifting easily.
He stung Avanesyan within the second with a left and he carried on his good type within the third, touchdown with each palms whereas making Avanesyan miss. By now, Kelly was bleeding closely from a lower on the again of his head that got here from an unintended head conflict.
However Kelly additionally took the fourth, prompting the champ’s supervisor, Neil Marsh, to shout “get busy David” in the beginning of spherical 5.
And the Carl Greaves-trained fighter adopted orders by scoring with every glove, placing the blood-soaked Sunderland man underneath strain for the primary time.
Avanesyan carried on the assault within the sixth, with Kelly touching down and in apparent disarray. The top regarded nigh and so it proved; 10 unanswered photographs to the top persuaded Sales space to throw the towel. It was the fitting name.
Triumphant coach Greaves, stated: “No-one believed me, however I’ve been saying that is what David can do. I knew precisely the way it was going to go.”
The towel additionally featured in one other welterweight belter when the chief assist contest ended at 2-18 of the eighth when the nook of courageous Norwich fighter, Rylan Charlton, ended a compelling battle with Florian Marku, the London-based Albanian extending his unbeaten log to 9 contests.
It proved a highly-entertaining present with one other England v Mexico shock following final week’s first profession defeat for Josh Warrington.
This time it was Liverpool super-lightweight, Robbie Davies Jnr, who suffered a majority factors loss to Gabriel Valnzueala who received (96-95 (twice), 94-94.
Jordan Gill opened the occasion with a unanimous factors success over Mexico Metropolis’s former world title challenger, Cesar Juarez, 98-92, 98-93, 96-94, whereas there was a quickfire debut for Johnny Fisher, the Romford heavyweight stopping West Brom’s Matt Gordon on 2-29 of the primary.