Britain’s Josh Kelly suffered the primary defeat of his skilled profession as Russian David Avanesyan defended his European welterweight title.
The combat, postponed 3 times from its authentic 2018 date, produced some frenetic motion at Wembley Arena.
Kelly, 26, with 10 wins and a draw beforehand, shook his 32-year-old opponent with a left hook in spherical two.
But Avanesyan minimize Kelly’s eye in the identical spherical and fixed stress noticed the towel thrown in throughout spherical six.
Both males had been preventing for the primary time since December 2019 and, after Kelly’s spectacular begin, the shorter Avanesyan started to exert management.
Kelly was given a standing rely within the sixth and, because the combos to the physique and head from Avanesyan continued, the Sunderland boxer’s group spared their bloodied man from additional punishment.
Avanesyan’s British coach Carl Greaves informed Sky Sports: “I knew exactly how it was going to go – I’ve spent over five years with David, he finds a way every time. I was so confident in this fight.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn tipped the Russian for a world title shot, saying: “Sometimes you come across a guy that will not be denied, that’s too strong, that has the will beyond others and tonight that was David Avanesyan.
“Josh Kelly was within the form of his life however this man [Avanesyan] would not be denied. He was too powerful and he deserves his success.
“We saw a world-class welterweight against a really good prospect who I believe could be a world-class fighter but he was out-hustled, out-fought and as good as the start was you could see him unravelling.
“Josh Kelly took the step up and ought to be applauded for that. He fought a world-class fighter however he is a younger man and may come once more.”