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Avanesyan vs Kelly: Pros react to David Avanesyan’s stoppage win over Josh Kelly

David Avanesyan handed Josh Kelly his first loss as a pro, and fellow pros shared their thoughts when it was over.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

David Avanesyan handed Josh Kelly his first professional loss tonight in London, stopping Kelly in the sixth round to retain the European welterweight title.

The 32-year-old Avanesayan (27-3-1, 15 KO) will now surely be looking to figure a way into the world title mix. Errol Spence (WBC and IBF) looks set to face Yordenis Ugas (WBA), and Terence Crawford (WBO) might get Manny Pacquiao or Shawn Porter, but there’s always the WBA’s “world” welterweight title, which is currently vacant, and you never know, maybe Crawford doesn’t get Pacquiao or Porter, at which point Avanesyan probably becomes as good an option as anyone available.

For the 26-year-old Kelly (10-1-1, 6 KO), it’s a harsh setback, possibly a brutal reality check for his prospects as a pro. That’s not to count him out, but his style may simply be built more for the amateurs than the nastier, tougher professional ranks. If he can change some things and fix some weaknesses, maybe he comes back strong and becomes what he was hoped to be. Maybe not.

Here’s how fighters in the UK and elsewhere reacted to today’s fight:

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