Terence Crawford stops David Avanesian to retain the welterweight belt
A dynamic mixture exhibits that Terence “Bud” Crawford is one in all boxing’s pound-for-pound finest.
Crawford floored David Avanesian with a sixth-round TKO Saturday on the CHI Well being Middle in Omaha, Nebraska. A left uppercut adopted by a textbook proper put Avanesian on his again, rapidly ending a troublesome battle for Crawford.
With the win, Crawford retained the WBO welterweight title.
“I began to choose up the tempo, planted my ft and I caught him with a hook,” Crawford mentioned in a post-fight interview on BLK Prime.
Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) began slowly in opposition to Avanesyan (29-4-1, 17 KOs). Within the first spherical, the Russian challenger landed an overhand proper that was probably the most vital punch of the battle. Crawford, who is understood to modify stances, began in an upright stance earlier than switching to a southpaw stance after Avanesian’s preliminary success with the identical approach.
As soon as Crawford began to guide along with his proper hand, he settled into the battle.
Whereas Avenesian efficiently walked Crawford at instances and closed the gap between them, Crawford used his jab and footwork to keep up punching area in opposition to the rugged challenger.
The 35-year-old from Omaha mentioned he wasn’t shocked by Avanesian’s strategy.
“We truly knew what he was going to deliver to the desk,” Crawford mentioned later. “We knew he was going to go proper to southpaw. We knew he was going to counter. We knew he was going to strain me.”
Within the fifth spherical, Crawford elevated his punching output and leaned on a number of uppercuts with Avanesian on the within. Within the ultimate minutes of the fifth spherical, Crawford unleashed a counter left uppercut earlier than ending the battle with an uppercut proper hook.
It was Crawford’s tenth consecutive stoppage victory.
“I used to be simply warming up the earlier spherical,” Crawford mentioned. “My coach [trainer Brian McIntyre] Instructed me, I can sit there if I am comfy and take my shot.”
Saturday night time was Crawford’s first battle since November 2021, when he stopped Shawn Porter in a title protection in Las Vegas. Within the months following that battle, Crawford confronted Errol Spence Jr., his longtime rival who now holds three different belts within the 147-pound division.
Crawford left the highest promotion after his win over Porter to battle Spence, who fought for the Premier Boxing Champions. In keeping with ESPN’s Mike Coppinger, Spence and Crawford agreed to preliminary phrases for a possible battle earlier than negotiations ended on some technical points of the battle, together with the web value. As soon as that match is over, Crawford has signed a take care of upstart BLK Prime, which can promote a battle between former welterweight champions Adrien Broner and Ivan Radkach in 2023, it was introduced Saturday.
Crawford mentioned he made $10 million for the battle in opposition to Avanesian.
Spence, who mentioned on social media that he was concerned in a automobile accident, mentioned he was within the bout that many boxing followers have wished to see for years. When requested immediately about it, Crawford was obscure about his plans however appeared open to the likelihood after an enormous exhibiting in entrance of his largest followers.
“It was a one-fight deal [with BLK Prime]” Crawford mentioned. “Hopefully, we are able to go to the drafting board and make this large battle occur within the close to future.”
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