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Conor Benn says Josh Kelly must question his desire after stoppage loss to David Avanesyan

Conor Benn: “He will come back, but he has to sit down and question how much he wants it.” The Sunderland fighter was stopped by David Avanesyan within the sixth spherical of their European welterweight title struggle

Last Updated: 21/02/21 12:03am








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David Avanesyan floored Josh Kelly twice to power a sixth spherical stoppage

David Avanesyan floored Josh Kelly twice to power a sixth spherical stoppage

Conor Benn says Josh Kelly must question his desire after immediately wilting to a sixth-round stoppage loss to David Avanesyan of their European title struggle.

The Sunderland fighter suffered the primary defeat of his skilled profession as Avanesyan floored him twice to power his coach Adam Booth to throw within the towel at The SSE Arena in Wembley.

Benn had been lined up as a future opponent for Kelly, however admitted that he was not stunned by his British rival’s loss.

“Kelly looked sharp and accurate early, but Avanesyan got to him,” stated Benn, who was a part of the Sky Sports staff.

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Avanesyan says his sacrifices have been price it after he defeated Josh Kelly.

Avanesyan says his sacrifices have been price it after he defeated Josh Kelly.

“Kelly has all the skill. He is naturally gifted. Why does he always blow up after four or five rounds? I’m gutted for him.

“Kelly is nice for 4, 5, six. But then he folds. That’s what occurred.

“He will come back. But he has to sit down and question how much he wants it.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn insisted that Kelly can nonetheless attain the very best stage, however acknowledged Avanesyan’s relentless aggression,

“Kelly had a wonderful camp, was in the shape of his life, but Avanesyan wouldn’t be denied,” stated Hearn.

“He was too powerful.

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Eddie Hearn says Avanesyan was a deserved winner after he beat Kelly

Eddie Hearn says Avanesyan was a deserved winner after he beat Kelly

“We noticed an elite welterweight towards a very good prospect who can turn out to be world class.

“But he was outhustled, outfought.

“You might see Kelly unravel. Adam Booth did a terrific job dropping out.”

The Russian had to wait for Kelly, with the bout being postponed on two occasions, and Hearn believes Avanesyan should earn a fight against one of the division’s biggest names.

“Avanesyan ought to get a world title shot,” said Hearn. “Shawn Porter, Terence Crawford, Errol Spence, Danny Garcia?”

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