David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly, European Welterweight Title
20 February 2021
Image By Mark Robinson
David Avanesyan celebrates his victory.


12 x 3 minutes European Welterweight Title
(Tabynskoe, Russia) (Sunderland, England)

David Avanesyan stopped Josh Kelly in six rounds at The SSE Area, Wembley to retain his EBU European Welterweight Title, stay on Sky Sports activities within the UK and on DAZN within the U.S. and greater than 200 nations and territories.

Sunderland’s Kelly suffered his first skilled defeat by the hands of Avanesyan, the relentless Russian champion, who compelled Kelly’s coach Adam Sales space to throw within the towel after two knockdowns in a punishing sixth spherical.

Avanesyan had been made to attend for Kelly, with the struggle twice postponed, however his sustained assault broke down the 26-year-old’s resistance, with British rival Conor Benn watching from ringside as a part of the Sky Sports activities workforce.

“I really feel very excellent,” Avanesyan instructed Sky Sports activities afterwards. “I waited a very long time for this struggle. I put numerous exhausting work into this struggle. I got here to hitch my coach and my supervisor from one other nation. I’ve had lengthy spells away from my kids. I miss them. I haven’t seen my kids, my mother and father and my mates for a very long time.

“Thanks to my workforce and to the English followers for giving me this chance. Thanks to Matchroom, they placed on the primary greatest present. I’ve had many massive nights towards the likes of Shane Mosley and Lamont Peterson, however this one with Matchroom is primary.

“I’m very pleased. Thanks to god for my win at this time. Thanks to my supervisor and my coach. Carl sacrificed numerous time along with his household for my coaching. He has been my pal, my driver and my coach. I don’t like to talk an excessive amount of. That is enterprise. I do know Josh is quick. I’m quick too. Boxing is tough. Whenever you lose, many individuals suppose you’re completed. That is boxing, you go down. That is life. I’ll get up tomorrow morning a champion.”

Coach Carl Greaves mentioned: “I instructed everyone this could occur and so they all thought I used to be a loopy coach who is aware of nothing. I knew precisely the way it was going to go. I’ve spent over 5 years with David now. I’ve seen a lot. I’ve seen all of those proficient youngsters protecting him off for a sure period of time, 30 seconds to a minute, however he finds a means each time. I used to be so assured on this struggle. I knew it was going to go like that. I’m a bit gutted as a result of I had £500 on spherical seven!”

10 x 3 minutes Worldwide Welterweight contest
(Lushnje, Albania) (Norwich, England)

Florian Marku climbed off the canvas to cease Rylan Charlton in eight rounds within the night’s chief-support bout.

‘The Albanian King’ toppled to the canvas within the sixth spherical, however then compelled the stoppage with a ferocious response and referred to as for a future conflict with Benn, who was watching from ringside as a part of the Sky Sports activities workforce.

Charlton was punished with stinging counters within the third, and the Norwich man appeared in deep trouble when he staggered by way of the closing seconds of the fourth following a giant proper hand from Marku.

Uncorking an attention grabbing uppercut, Marku appeared in full management within the fifth, however he suffered a shock knockdown within the subsequent spherical after a looping left hand from Charlton. Marku ripped in punches in spherical eight with savage intent on the weary Charlton, prompting the towel to be thrown in.

“I’m actually pleased,” mentioned Marku. “Lots of people thought that he would humiliate me and knock me out, however I confirmed that I can field. I’ll be taught loads from this struggle. Three weeks earlier than the struggle, I dislocated a finger in my left hand. My workforce and all the workers know that I used to be injured however I used to be by no means going to drag out of the struggle. I got here right here to struggle.

“After the fifth spherical I began feeling my hand. It was not an issue. I’m pleased in regards to the efficiency. Rylan took so many good hits within the head. He took numerous punishment. I used to be beating him and I used to be speaking to him. I instructed him I used to be going to beat him and discuss to him. I used to be telling him I’m not Joe Legal guidelines. I take the win and we go ahead.

“His face was swollen and it was a superb resolution from his nook. He took numerous punishment. I like to struggle, that is my life. Because of the UK followers that consider in me. They prefer to see me struggle. I really like stress. I’ll struggle whoever my workforce S-JAM boxing resolve subsequent. Sam Jones and Adam Morallee acquired me into this place. I’ve the very best workforce round me.”

10 x 3 minutes vacant IBF Intercontinental Tremendous-Light-weight Title
(Liverpool, England) (Guadalajara, Mexico)

Gabriel Valenzuela picked up the most important win of his profession on his first journey to the UK as he claimed a majority factors resolution over Liverpool’s Robbie Davies Jr to earn the vacant IBF Intercontinental Tremendous-Light-weight Title.

Mexico’s Valenzuela dropped Davies Jr with a straight proper hand within the third spherical, and whereas Davies battled again within the center rounds, ‘Nini’ closed the present within the last spherical when he regarded near forcing the stoppage.

Davies Jr, the previous British and European Tremendous-Light-weight Champion, struggled to take care of Valenzuela’s heavy fingers, and was a straightforward goal for the 26-year-old from Guadalajara, who was impressed by Mauricio Lara’s shock win over Josh Warrington final weekend.

4 x 3 minutes Heavyweight contest
(Romford, England) (West Bromwich, England)

Fashionable Romford Heavyweight Johnny Fisher acquired off to the right begin within the skilled ranks with a robust first-round stoppage of Matt Gordon.

‘The Romford Bull’ marked his professional debut with a damaging show as he floored Gordon on two events within the opening spherical.

Fisher made a quick begin, throwing crunching combos from the opening bell, and a string of proper fingers despatched Gordon toppling onto the ropes.

Sensing the end was close to, Fisher shortly clubbed Gordon again to the canvas, and referee Ian John-Lewis quickly waved off the struggle.

“It’s unbelievable,” mentioned Fisher. “I do know I’ve had a large build-up; I’ve had Lennox Lewis sending me messages and Tyson Fury sending me messages. I had numerous stress on me, however I’ve proven that I can deal with that stress.

“All credit score to Matt Gordon, however I bowled him over in a single spherical. Usually Heavyweights are doing it in two, three or 4 rounds, so I’ve achieved a superb job. No one must get unnecessarily damage. I knew that I had him damage once I first acquired him down. It was solely a matter of time, so the ref did the correct factor.

“I felt proper and I felt comfy, extra comfy than any of my beginner fights. I belong right here, and I’ve acquired to show that I belong right here each time I struggle. I’ve acquired a really lengthy method to go, I do know I’m solely simply starting. Let’s simply see how far we are able to go. I stay and breathe boxing. I really like coaching. I’d do it each single day of the week if I used to be allowed. I’ve acquired nice individuals round me. There’s issues I have to work on however I’ve confirmed my energy tonight.”

10 x 3 minutes vacant WBA Worldwide Featherweight Title
JORDAN GILL WUD10 (98-92, 98-93, 96-94) v CESAR JUAREZ
(Chatteris, England) (Mexico Metropolis, Mexico)

Jordan Gill made it two wins from two behind closed doorways fights as he extensively outpointed Mexico’s former World Title challenger Cesar Juarez to say the vacant WBA Worldwide Featherweight Title and progress his document to 26-1 (7 KOs).

The 26-year-old from Chatteris showcased slick expertise towards the relentless aggression of Juarez as he earned a unanimous resolution with scores of 98-92, 98-93 and 96-94.

“It was a really powerful check,” mentioned Gill. “He was so powerful. I hit him with some nice photographs. He damage my hand on his head. I at all times appear to harm my proper hand. We transfer on. There’s greater and higher issues to return now. It was an excellent struggle and I used to be happy to be concerned in it. I stood as much as his physique photographs and pushed forwards. I needed to choose my spots with him.

“The factor is with these guys, in case you work with them, you then’re going to lose all day lengthy. We noticed that final week with Josh Warrington. At sure instances it’s inconceivable to get away clear. I did it good and I attempted to maintain protected always. I didn’t really feel my sharpest to be trustworthy, I felt sluggish. I felt like I used to be leaning in with the photographs. I used to be falling in with the jabs, I didn’t really feel like I used to be pinging it like I usually do.

“There’s no excuses, I did every thing within the health club and I labored very exhausting. I did the burden very nicely, particularly contemplating I had two weeks’ discover for this struggle. It reveals my dedication to the game and it reveals what number of sacrifices I made. I stayed within the health club over Christmas. I stayed within the health club over New 12 months and missed out on numerous baking my spouse! I’m going to go dwelling, have every week off and do some baking with my spouse. If I get a shot on the European Title subsequent then I’d be over the moon, whoever it’s towards.”




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