Video: Terence Crawford knocks out David Avanesyan with monster right hand


Terence Crawford is still perfect.

Crawford (39-0, 30 KO) defended his undefeated record and retained his WBO welterweight title with a highlight-reel sixth-round knockout of David Avanesyan (29-4-1, 17 KO) on Friday at the Chi Health Center in Omaha, Neb.

Check out replay of Crawford’s knockout below, courtesy of IFL TV.

For more on Crawford vs. Avanesyan, check out Bad Left Hook’s live blog for the bout.

Round 1: Crowd definitely “up” for their guy Bud. They sounded alert for the first time in a long while. I mean they came early, sure, but it’s Omaha. What were they gonna do this evening otherwise? Avanesyan’s right hand is strong and Crawford can feel it early. Avanesyan will come to win this, same as Mean Machine did, same as others have. He’s not a bum. Crawford switches southpaw and starts moving his hands a bit more. Avanesyan is short on a right lead. Tarver almost orgasms over a punch that almost lands; like the punch was short, he stopped himself short. Bud shoots a body shot, probing his back with the gloves. Avanesyan blocks a straight left with the gloves. Avanesyan got the round because he landed the most powerful punch. Avanesyan 10-9.

Round 2: Avanesyan staying right on the front foot, keeping the pressure on. Crawford looking for the openings and definitely fighting more offensively this round. Avanesyan still landing some shots. Heads clash, Avanesyan in some minor pain but no stop in the action. Here, Avanesyan is also changing his stances. You can absolutely see how Avanesyan has so thoroughly run over guys at European level; everything he does is designed to break down lesser fighters. You can also see the reason he has struggled at higher level fights. Crawford 10-9, 19-19.

Round 3: Avanesyan with another good left hand early in the round. Then Crawford whacks him back, but Avanesyan was throwing with him, too. Avanesyan at times squaring up instead of getting into one stance or another. Crawford throwing more shots, landing some more. Avanesyan keeps the same attitude and marches forward. Crawford is moving and staying within a range that Avanesyan cannot do but move forward. Crawford getting the better of things, still sort of reading the fight and gradually picking up his own pace, in little pieces. Crawford 10-9, 29-28.

Round 4: Avanesyan having less real success as each round goes by. Crawford makes those little adjustments. Avanesyan manages to land two good shots just after that. This was about one minute into the round. Bud wants Avanesyan walking onto something, but if that’s not possible, I believe he is confident and trying to make Avanesyan mistakes. Avanesyan isn’t making big mistakes and has been having great success. Then Bud flips the switch and scores some good shots. In the last minute, he’s standing on the front foot and Avanesyan has become stuck in the mud. Crawford increased the speed and started to take Avanesyan apart. Too much speed. I still think Avanesyan wins this round, and landed a good shot right before the bell. But you get the feeling Bud might be about to get at it. Avanesyan 10-9, 38-38.

Round 5: Let’s see if Bud has decided to start getting after it. I think he has, but Avanesyan is there to fight him. And Bud not overly pressing it. This fight is for those who love to stance-switch. Right-hand Avanesyan. Crawford jabbing more, maybe reading that Avanesyan isn’t going to get instantly overwhelmed on anything just yet. Avanesyan cutting off the ring pretty well, or at least doing his best. Crawford with a nice shot to the body. Bud’s left hand wins. He’s now standing firm in the center ring. Avanesyan slaps him on the face, and then he eats an overcut to pay for his troubles. But, it’s not from Avanesyan. Good round! Good fight. Crawford 10-9, 48-47.

Round 6: Well we’ve got a clear glove issue for Terence but the fight goes on. We’ll see if they get the extra set and make him change between rounds. Avanesyan with a nice right hook, Crawford throws back, but Avanesyan staying in the pocket, and throws back and lands a couple shots himself. Crawford’s right hook hits the body. Crawford does great uppercuts. He’s using those a lot. Avanesyan felt a body shot there, Bud’s turning it up this round. Laser focus at the moment. Uppercut and then back to the body. Avanesyan now getting overwhelmed. AVANESYAN GOES DOWN AND THE FIGHT IS OVER