David Avanesyan relentlessly put Liam Taylor in a thrilling shootout to defend his European Welterweight title at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
The Russian’s crushing power was decisive in a few whirlwind rounds as he forced Taylor to kneel and then tucked his challenger onto the ropes as they traded recklessly at close range at the SSE Arena, Wembley.
In a blistering opening round, Taylor immediately tried to switch hooks, and soon had to kneel after a sharp right hand from Avanesyan.
Taylor scrambled to his feet and resumed his challenging attack in the second, but couldn’t contain Avanesyan, who fired a flurry of hurtful shots to trigger the intervention of referee Mark Lyson.
Avanesyan had retained his European title with another brutal victory over injury after stopping Josh Kelly in February.
The 33-year-old was now able to focus on a well-deserved fight for the world title after being defeated on points by Lamont Peterson in 2017 in a battle for the WBA title.
Avanesyan’s trainer Carl Greaves told Sky Sports: “Listen, you have to be a strong puncher to hold off David or he will keep walking through you like he did tonight.
“He [Taylor] took a heavy shot and the ref did the right thing as this guy is a great finisher. He is a predator.
“What are the five consecutive interruptions? All at a good level. We have to move on now.
“If we can’t move forward we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing until the big opportunity comes and I’m sure Neil [Marsh] his manager will give him that chance.”