Boxing results, highlights: Terence Crawford scores brutal; Teofimo Lopez has a questionable impact

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A packed night of boxing was capped off by two of the sport’s most explosive fighters in a co-main event. Terence Crawford and Teofimo Lopez won, but they won of a very different nature.

Crawford defended his WBO welterweight title against David Avanesyan in Omaha, and as the first half of the fight came to an end, Crawford closed the show with an absolute right hand bomb.

Before the knockdown, Avanesyan gave Crawford some trouble, constantly putting pressure on him and forcing Crawford to stay busy off the jab to try and maintain some distance. After a close first three rounds, Crawford started to let loose with more combinations, often connecting cleanly.

As Avanesyan’s pressure became so effective, he never stopped trying to produce something to change the trend. It was in one of those moments where Crawford was able to counter a jab with his own right hand and knock Avanesyan out cold.

Boxing fans will now be hoping that Crawford can find his way into a ring with Errol Spence Jr. in 2023. The two elite welterweights were negotiating a fight earlier this year when things fell apart and Crawford made the fight with Avanesyan to get a ring. period in 2022.

At the same time that Crawford was putting Avanesyan to sleep, Lopez was coming off a split decision victory over Sandor Martin in New York City.

Lopez was dropped in the second round when Martin countered a lunging punch with a grazing back right hand. Lopez wasn’t seriously hurt by the punch, but dropping a 10-8 round in a 10-round fight put him in a rough spot.

Martin continued to fight in control throughout, consistently landing right hands while Lopez threw wild shots. Martin struggled with a bloody and swollen nose throughout the fight, as a result of a bad headbutt in the opening round.

The fight was close to the point, and both men had their moments, but when the bell finally rang, Martin believed he had done enough to win.

One of the official eastern judges agreed, giving the fight with Martin with a score of 95-94. The other judges disagreed, however, giving scores of 96-93 and 97-92 for Lopez, with the 97-92 card being particularly unkind.

Lopez has now won two fights since losing the undisputed lightweight championship to George Kambosos in shock, both coming after Lopez moved up in weight to junior welterweight.

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