Avanesyan stops brave Taylor in two to keep EBU crown

David Avanesyan kept up his run of stoppage wins to further enhance his chances of fighting for another world title.

The Russian welterweight is a former WBA regular champion at welterweight and made a scintillating statement on Saturday night at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London.

Avanesyan was taking on Liam Taylor in a mandatory defence of his European crown in the 147-pound division and systematically took apart the Manchester fighter inside two rounds.

Taylor immediately tried to exchange hooks and he was soon forced to take a knee after a sharp right hand from Avanesyan in what was a blistering opening round of the main event of Boxxer’s inaugural show on Sky Sports, in association with Wasserman Boxing.

Chris Eubank Jr., the second generation middleweight, was originally set to headline the card, but the British Boxing Board of Control pulled his fight against Anatoli Muratov at the 11th hour on medical grounds, meaning that Avanesyan vs. Taylor was bumped up to the star attraction.

To his credit, Taylor clambered to his feet and resumed his defiant attack in the second, but he could not contain Avanesyan.

Avanesyan, who is trained by Carl Greaves and managed by Neil Marsh, ousted previous challenger Josh Kelly earlier this year and now has five straight stoppages since losing to Egidijus Kavaliauskas back in February 2018.

A flurry of hurtful shots prompted the expert intervention of referee Mark Lyson after two minutes and 18 seconds of the second round.

Taylor, in defeat, slips to 23-2-1 with 11 quick, but the 30-year-old will be well worth a spot at the domestic table in the welterweight division.

Avanesyan will now be looking, after the emphatic victory, for a way to get back to the upper echelons of the division, with Yordenis Ugas –– the Cuban WBA champion who recently beat Manny Pacquiao –– seemingly the target.

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