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

David Avanesyan defends European welterweight title with a second-round stoppage victory, while Richard Riakporhe, Germaine Brown and Ebonie Jones all claimed points victories at The SSE Arena, Wembley

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David Avanesyan proved his class as he clinically destroyed Liam Taylor in a thrilling defence of his European welterweight title at The SSE Arena, Wembley

David Avanesyan ruthlessly stopped Liam Taylor in a thrilling shootout to defend his European welterweight title at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

The Russian's destructive power was decisive in a whirlwind couple of rounds as he forced Taylor to take a knee and then stopped his challenger on the ropes as they traded recklessly at close quarters at The SSE Arena, Wembley.

In a blistering opening round, Taylor immediately tried to exchange hooks, and he was soon forced to take a knee after a sharp right hand from Avanesyan.

David Avanesyan
Image: The Russian forced the referee to halt the fight

Taylor clambered to his feet and resumed his defiant attack in the second, but he could not contain Avanesyan, who unloaded a flurry of hurtful shots to prompt the intervention of referee Mark Lyson.

Avanesyan had retained his European belt with another brutal stoppage victory, having halted Josh Kelly in February.

The 33-year-old could now target another well-deserved world title fight after he was beaten on points by Lamont Peterson in a battle for the WBA belt in 2017.

David Avanesyan
Image: Avanesyan celebrated another ruthless victory

Avanesyan's trainer Carl Greaves told Sky Sports: "Listen, you've got to be a strong puncher to keep David off, or he will keep walking through you like he did tonight.

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"He [Taylor] took a heavy shot and the referee did the right thing, because this man is a great finisher. He's a predator.

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Avanesyan will go on the hunt for a welterweight world title after destroying Taylor inside two rounds on Saturday, says trainer Carl Greaves

"What is it five stoppages back-to-back? All at a good level. We need to move on now.

"If we can't move on, we'll just keep doing what we're doing until the big opportunity comes up and I'm sure Neil [Marsh] his manager will get him that opportunity."

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