Unbeaten WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford scored an easy sixth-round knockout win over David Avanesyan in Omaha on Saturday, but it’s anyone’s guess if the fight is a prelude to a bigger matchup with Errol Spence Jr.
‘We don’t know what is next,’ Crawford said after improving to 39-0 in front of his hometown on Saturday.
Brian McIntyre, Crawford’s trainer, said his fighter would be open to moving up from 147 pounds to 154: ‘I don’t think anyone at 54 or 47 can beat him. The only question is, ‘Who is willing to fight him?’
WBO champ Terence Crawford does a postfight interview after knocking out David Avanesyan
The pay-per-view bout was made after negotiations for an undisputed welterweight championship fight between Crawford and Errol Spence Jr. broke down in October.
Crawford didn’t call out Spence directly, saying he would consider anyone who wants to fight, preferably in the spring.
‘We’ve got to go back to the drawing board and be ready for whoever.’
Spence also made headlines on Saturday night, but for much different reasons: He was involved in a major car accident on Saturday night – his second since 2019 – but avoided major injury.
The 32-year-old Texan posted a self-shot video from the aftermath of the crash, in which he claims he was hit ‘head on’ by a 14-year-old who took his parents’ car without permission or a driver’s license.
‘He ran the light,’ Spence said on the video, showing the crumpled front end of an SUV. ‘F*** my whole s*** up.’
Details of Saturday’s crash have not been revealed, but Spence appeared to be fine in his self-shot Instagram video.
Unified welterweight boxing champion Errol Spence Jr. was involved in a major car accident on Saturday night – his second since 2019 – but avoided major injury. The 32-year-old Texan posted a self-shot video from the aftermath of the crash, in which he claims he was hit ‘head on’ by a 14-year-old who took his parents’ car without permission or a driver’s license. It’s unclear if the crumpled car in the picture belongs to Spence or the other driver
David Avanesyan lies on the mat after being knocked out by Terence Crawford during the sixth round of the WBO welterweight title boxing bout Saturday
Crawford, fighting for the first time in more than a year, had the sixth-ranked challenger wobbling with a flurry of blows before landing a right cross to the chin that put Avanesyan to the canvas 2 minutes, 14 seconds into the round.
‘I was touching him to the body, and I was seeing that had an effect,’ Crawford said. ‘He had a high guard, and I picked up the pace. There were punches in bunches, I saw an opening and took it and the rest is history.’
Crawford was fighting in his hometown for the sixth time as a professional and first time since 2018, and cheers of ‘Craw-ford! Craw-ford!’ started before introductions
The 35-year-old Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) showed no signs of rust in his first fight since he stopped Shawn Porter in the 10th round on November 20, 2021.
Avanesyan (29-4-1), who previously fought in March and won by technical knocked over Oskari Metz, stood in there with Crawford for the first five rounds.
Crawford came out in an orthodox stance, but switched to southpaw midway through the first round and fought that way for the duration.
Terence Crawford, upper right, poses for photos with his team and family after knocking out David Avanesyan during the sixth round of the WBO welterweight title boxing match Saturday
Crawford used an effective jab to neutralize Avanesyan, but the Russian never backed off. Crawford shook him up with a combination to the head and body in the fourth, landed a couple solid body shots in the fifth and then took full control in the sixth.
Crawford landed three straight uppercuts to the chin, wobbled him with a couple shots to the body and then landed the decisive blow that put down Avanesyan.
In the featured bout on the undercard, former MMA star Cris Cyborg won by unanimous decision over Gabrielle Holloway (0-3) in four rounds in her professional boxing debut.
Cyborg was the aggressor throughout and in the third round had Holloway bent over along the ropes with a flurry of shots to the head and body. After the standing eight count, Cyborg landed a couple more shots to finish the round and continued her onslaught through the fourth.
In other fights, light heavyweight Steve Nelson (18-0, 15 KOs) knocked out James Ballard (10-4) in 2:41 of the first round; Jeremiah Milton (8-0) won by unanimous decision over 388-pound heavyweight Dujuan Calloway (5-2) in six rounds; and super bantamweight Arnold Khegai (19-1-1) won by split decision over Eduardo Baez (21-4-2) in 10 rounds.
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