European welterweight champion David Avanesyan out fought the previously unbeaten Josh Kelly by stopping the highly rated man from Sunderland in the sixth round. Kelly looked visibly hurt and trainer Adam Booth took the decision to throw in the towel to end the fight.
In the early rounds, Kelly looked sharp and slick, and was able to hit Avanesyan with some fast beautiful punches. In the second round, Kelly hurt his opponent with a great left hook but later a cut to Kelly head began to bloody him. The first four rounds, Kelly looked impressive.
But as the rounds past, Avanesyan was able to apply the pressure and impose his will on Kelly. In the sixth round Avanesyan knocked down Kelly twice and the final blow was a big left hook to the head which cause his legs to stagger. It was at this point, Booth decided to throw in the towel to prevent further punishment. Many ringside, pundits and fans felt the stoppage was the right choice.
In the post-fight interview, Avanesyan said, ‘I feel very, very good. I waited for a long time for this fight’