Unbeaten American Terence Crawford knocked out David Avanesyan within the sixth spherical on Saturday to retain his WBO welterweight world title for the sixth time.
Crawford, preventing in entrance of house followers on the CHI Well being Heart area in Omaha, Nebraska, despatched Avanesyan sprawling with a proper hook at 2:14 of the sixth, bettering to 39-0 with 30 knockouts.
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A former undisputed mild welterweight world champion, Crawford made his sixth defence of the title he claimed when he stopped Australian Jeff Horn within the ninth spherical in June 2018.
No opponent has taken Crawford the space in additional than six years.
He punished Avanesyan within the sixth with repeated left uppercuts, lastly following one brief left with the proper hook that knocked the challenger out chilly.
Crawford’s Tenth straight knockout ended the six-fight successful streak of London-based Russian Avanesyan, the reigning European Champion within the 147-pound division who fell to 29-3 with one draw and 17 knockouts.
Crawford’s newest victory might eventually pave the best way for a long-awaited matchup with fellow American Errol Spence Jr., unbeaten holder of the WBA, WBC and IBF titles.
The 2 had been in talks for a gathering this yr and when that did not materialise Crawford opted for the title defence in opposition to Avanesyan that was his lone bout in 2022.
Motion Community’s Bryan Fonseca tweeted: “Terence Crawford will the welcome again KO. BEAUTIFUL one shot proper hook KO. And Crawford is never a one shot KO sort of dude.”
BlackSportsOnline’s Rober Littal wrote: “Nothing actually stunning right here Bud Crawford sleeps david avanesyan. Simple win and payday. Hopefully in 2023 no extra Amazon drivers.”
Jeandra LeBeauf added: “Crawford knocked Avenysyan ALL THE WAY OUT. Sheesh. The person is laid out like a criminal offense scene define.”
However Crawford continues to be eyeing the combat in opposition to Spence.
Having stated he made $10m for the combat in opposition to Avanesyan having signed with new promoter BLK Prime, Crawford is eager to get again to the negotiating desk with Spence.
“This was a one-fight deal (with BLK Prime),” Crawford stated. “Hopefully, we are able to go to the drafting board and these massive fights come about within the close to future.”
Spence, who owns a report of 28-0 with 22 knockouts, returned from surgical procedure to restore a indifferent retina to attain a Tenth-round technical knockout of Yordenis Ugas in April so as to add the WBA belt to his WBC and IBF titles.
Spence had been set to combat Manny Pacquiao in August 2021 however withdrew from the matchup due to the attention damage.
It was the second main setback of Spence’s profession after an October 2019 automotive crash led to him being hospitalised.
On Saturday, Spence posted a video on Instagram saying he’d been in one other automotive accident, displaying harm to his automobile and saying he was hit by a 14-year-old driver who had run a crimson mild after taking his dad and mom’ automotive.
“It all the time occurs to me,” Spence says within the video.
Crawford wished Spence properly.
“I want him properly. I hope he’s alright — mentally, bodily and emotionally,” he added. “Like I stated earlier than, he’s obtained a household he gotta feed. That is only a sport. We’re all preventing for that primary spot, so it ain’t private. It’s simply enterprise.”
— with AFP