David Avanesyan retains European welterweight title with dominant show at Wembley Arena
DAVID AVANESYAN retained his European welterweight title with a second round match against Liam Taylor at Wembley Arena. Referee Mark Lyson stepped in at 2-18 of the session as the impressive Avanesyan – ready for another world-class attack – turned up the heat.
Taylor was ambitious early on, but Avanesyan’s guard was firm. While Taylor tried to make the most of his range advantage, the favorite showed his quality when he scored with measured hooks and right uppercuts. Taylor’s ambition made it exciting, but even in the opening stages it was clear that he had the proverbial mountain to climb.
It didn’t take long for him to lose his balance. “Ava” shoved forward in the last minute of the first round, wobbling his opponent with a hefty left hook, followed by a right uppercut, another left before a right hand dropped Taylor.
The Brit fought back in second but the gap in class was clear. Avanesyan continued to walk Taylor down, skillfully choosing his shots. Taylor tried to fight back, but the punches he made had no effect at all. A left hook hurt the underdog again.
Avanesyan took his time, but didn’t waste it. Shortening the distance, Avanesyan picked every shot with precision, knocking Taylor into the ropes with a left hook. A right followed, sending Taylor’s head back. Another left hook clattered into Taylor and Lyson, watching closely, halted the one sided game. It was the perfect break.
“Liam Taylor was fighting for his life there,” said Avanesyan’s trainer Carl Greaves. “He took a huge shot and the referee did just the right thing.”
“I’m unstoppable,” Avanesyan said afterwards. And against opponents like Taylor, he’s probably right. But don’t expect welterweight belt holders to call him out anytime soon.
Avanesyan stepped in for Chris Eubank Jr on top of the Sky Sports Boxing UK relaunch after Eubank’s proposed opponent Anatoli Muratov (a late replacement for Sven Elbir, who was forced to pull out after contracting Covid-19) passed the British Boxing Board requirement. Control tests failed.
“I’ve been sleeping for about an hour and a half since last night,” said Eubank Jr’s promoter, Kalle Sauerland of Wasserman Boxing. “We tried until the last minute to find a new opponent, a late substitute for the late substitute. It was stressful and in the end we couldn’t do it.”
Eubank Jnr is expected to fight on the Sky Sports map on October 16 against an opponent to be announced in the next two days.
Others who did fight included super-middleweight prospect Germaine Brown, who defeated the vivacious Jamal Le Doux in 10 rounds, and returning cruiserweight talent Richard Riakporhe, who ended a two-year layoff to dominate Krzysztof Twardowski and in the eighth and final round. on the way to a skewed points win.