OMAHA, Nebraska, USA ( Associated Press) — Undefeated world champion Terence Crawford stopped David Avanesyan in the sixth round on Saturday to retain his WBO welterweight title.
Crawford, fighting for the first time in over a year, floored the challenger with a quick succession of punches, before landing a right hand to the chin that sent Avanesyan to the canvas at 2 minutes, 14 seconds into the round Sent on
“I was kicking him in the body, and I could see it effect,” Crawford later said. He said, ‘I defended myself and I picked up the pace. There were rounds of punches, I saw an opening and took advantage of it, and the rest is history.”
Crawford was fighting in his hometown for the sixth time as a professional and first since 2018, and people started chanting his name before the presentations.
A video-on-demand bout was agreed after negotiations for a fight between Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. in October took place.
Crawford did not mention Spence specifically and said he would consider anyone who wanted to fight, preferably in the spring.
The 35-year-old Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) did not look rusty in his first bout since defeating Shawn Porter in the 10th round on November 20, 2021.
Avanesyan (29-4-1), who fought in March and beat Oskari Metz on points, held his own for the first five rounds.
The defending champion started with an unorthodox stance, but then switched in the first round and held on for the rest of the fight.
He first used a powerful uppercut to shut down Avanesyan, but the Russian never backed down. Crawford attacked him with a combination of head and body shots in the fourth and several solid body shots in the fifth before taking control of the fight in the sixth.
Crawford landed three straight hits to the chin, staggered him with a few shots to the body, and then landed the decisive punch that dropped Avanesyan.
In the second bout of the night, former MMA star Cris Cyborg won a four-round unanimous decision over Gabriel Holloway (0-3) in his professional boxing debut.