WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) stopped #6 David Avanesyan (29-4-1, 17 KOs) within the sixth spherical on Saturday night time of their headliner on BLK Prime pay-per-view on the CHI Well being Heart in Omaha, Nebraska.
In rounds one via 4, Avanesyan was hitting Crawford with photographs that may have knocked out a lot of his opponents, however he took them nicely and didn’t fold.
Avanesyan landed clear photographs that snapped Crawford’s head sideways repeatedly. This author can’t bear in mind seeing Crawford get hit as typically as he did tonight.
Trying slower than standard, the 35-year-old Crawford flattened Avanesyan with a single left hand to the pinnacle within the sixth spherical.
It was a great shot, however Crawford had a stationary man in entrance of him together with his gloves pinned to his head. Avanesyan was huge open for Crawford to load up together with his left hand on the time. The time of the stoppage was at 2:14 of the sixth spherical.
Crawford received hit so much within the combat by the heavy photographs from Avanesyan, and this was not the crawfish that we’d recognized from his finest years.
Age and inactivity confirmed tonight with Crawford. He was getting hit with photographs from Avanesyan that may have been knockout blows had they been thrown by Errol Spence Jr and Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis.
The combat resembled an exhibition match, as Crawford and Avanesyan appeared to be each preventing at a sluggish heavyweight tempo somewhat than what one is accustomed to seeing from elite welterweights.
It’s exhausting to know if Crawford purposefully stayed in 1st gear as a result of he’s getting $10 million+ for the combat, and he didn’t wish to knock out Avanesyan too shortly to offer followers their cash’s value.
Earlier tonight, ESPN reported that negotiations between Crawford and Errol Spence Jr are anticipated to proceed for a combat between them in 2023. We’ll see how that goes. If Crawford insists on the identical issues he did within the earlier negotiations, there might be issues.
What may damage Crawford’s probabilities for a combat with Spence is that if the pay-per-view numbers are low for in the present day’s match with Avanesyan. If the numbers are too low, Crawford received’t have something to cut price with in addition to his WBO title.
The informal boxing followers aren’t aware of Crawford, so Spence received’t acquire a lot preventing him apart from the chance to turn into the undisputed welterweight champion.