Azat Hovhannisyan vs. Ronny Rios
(WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight Title)
OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif.
The WBC Continental Americas Super Bantamweight champion Azat “Crazy” Hovhannisyan (14-2, 11 KOs) defended his title explosively with a sixth-round technical knockout of hometown hero Ronny Rios (29-3, 13 KOs).
Rios had a good start in the fight but a asterisk of combinations sent him down in the third round which from then saw him struggle to recover and eventually in the sixth round at exactly 1:12 in the sixth the referee was forced to stop after a series of combinations knocked Rios down again.
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POST FIGHT COMMENTS
Prograis“I knew I was going to stop him early, but then my right hand started to hurt,” said Azat Hovhannisyan. “When my hand started hurting more, I went for the stoppage. Freddie [Roach] kept me calmed between rounds. I’m ready for a world title shot. I want any champion at 122 pounds.”
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