David Avanesyan stops Liam Taylor in second round to defend European welterweight title

  • Tom Ward
David Avanesyan stops Liam Taylor in the second round to defend his European welterweight title

David Avanesyan staked his claim to being the most avoided man in British boxing Saturday, knocking Liam Taylor down in the first round before ultimately forcing a stoppage in the second round. 

Avanesyan (28-3-1, 16 KOs), 33, retained his EBU welterweight title in a fairly lopsided affair that left Taylor with no other option than to try and fight fire with fire. That ultimately proved to be his downfall as he fell victim to a flurry of punches before the referee spared him any further punishment. 

“There is no stopping me,” Avanesyan said, before calling out two of the division’s top dogs – Terence Crawford and Shawn Porter – for his next bout.

“I want a world title, I’ll fight anybody, I’ve proved this so many times already.

“Crawford, Porter – I don’t care. I’ll fight them. I deserve it.”

When asked if that is within the realm of possibility, Avanesyan’s trainer Carl Greaves told GIVEMESPORT: “Yeah possibly, but we don’t know what the plan is for David, obviously his manager Neil Marsh has got to sort things out now, so we’ll see what the options are out there.

“But listen, it’s an easy fight to make if he does stay on Sky Sports, yeah.”

Richard Riakporhe defeated Krzysztof Twardowski by unanimous decision

Riakporhe back on track after two-year absence from the ring

Earlier in the night, former British cruiserweight champion and devastating knockout artist Richard Riakporhe showcased his improved boxing ability to claim a unanimous decision over Krzysztof Twardowski

Londoner Riakporhe, 31, who trains under famed striking coach Angel Fernandez, dropped Pole Twardowski in the final round with a huge right hand to raise the crowd to their feet. 

All three judges scored the fight 79-72 for the home favourite. 

“I’m feeling good. I’m happy that we finally got back in the ring. It felt like it was never going to happen honestly,” Riakporhe said.  

“But yeah we’re back in the ring now, got the ring rust off, and now people can actually say Richard is a f—— boxer, know what I mean? I’m actually fighting!

“I’ve been out for two years, what do you expect? I’ve been out of the ring for a long time, I understand the game, I know I’ve got what it takes to be the best, I’ve just go to put it into practise.”

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‘This is all I’ve been dreaming of’

Ebonie Jones, the only British female fighting on the card, defeated Lithuanian Vaida Masiokaite in her professional debut.  

The talented 23-year-old cruised to a one-sided points win over the 33-year-old in a highly entertaining featherweight bout on the undercard of Saturday’s welterweight title bout between Avanesyan and Taylor at the Wembley Arena in London. 

She may have only one fight in the bag, but Jones has big plans for the future, including a move back down to super-bantamweight.  

“There was nerves but I didn’t let them get the better of me,” said Jones. “I’ve had three years out the ring, but this is all I’ve been dreaming of, so I didn’t want to get scared now because this is all I’ve wanted. 

“This time a year ago I would never have imagined I would be making my debut at Wembley Arena. Thank you to everyone for turning out and tuning in back at home. The support has been immense.

“This is me at my biggest, but I’d love to become a two-weight champion, that would be a dream come true.” 

This will be updated.

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