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Relentless David Avanesyan dispatches bloodied Josh Kelly to defend European title – The Independent

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In the long-awaited fight between the pair, following several postponements, the Russian proved his class, operating as a sniper inside the ring at a deserted Wembley Arena.

The comprehensive victory should propel Avanesyan towards a deserved world title shot in one of boxing’s most competitive divisions, with his vicious intent, often hidden behind a grin in the build-up, revealed after the first bell.

Kelly, visibly larger than the champion at the weight, delivered a beautifully left hook in the second to stun his opponent and bring the fight to life.

But Avanesyan snapped out of his brief daze before the end of the round, with Kelly given a cruel insight to just how quickly momentum can swing in championship boxing.

Before he could even regroup in his corner, crimson swiftly trickled down Kelly’s neck, with Avanesyan gleefully accepting the challenge to trade leather, perhaps affirming his own “premonition”, after so much conviction from the Briton in recent weeks that this was his time.

Kelly was hampered by cuts early on

(Dave Thompson)

The blistering speed from Kelly initially impressed, providing a blurring screen in front of his opponent, though it failed to stem Avanesyan’s enthusiasm, whose sizeable advantage in experience told the longer the fight went.

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