PPV Card Results: Crawford vs Avanesyan
Main Event: 12 Rounds for the WBO Welterweight Championship
Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) vs David Avanesyan (29-3-1, 17 KOs)
Result: Crawford by Stoppage in Round 6
Terence Crawford and David Avanesyan met in the main event of the evening with the WBO Welterweight Title at stake. Both guys switched stances in the early rounds trying to give different looks. Avanesyan landed a few shots that got Crawford’s attention but Bud always responded strong immediately after. Bud really turned it up at the end of round four and started landing sharp punches to the body of Avanesyan. In the sixth round an uppercut and right hook knocked Avanesyan out and Terence Crawford picked up his tenth straight stoppage victory. Crawford improves to 39-0 with 30 stoppage wins, with Avanesyan falling to 29-4-1.
Co-Main Event: 8 Round Junior Middleweight Special Attraction
Cris Cyborg (Debut) vs Gabrielle Holloway (0-2)
Result: Cyborg by Unanimous Decision (40-35 x2, 39-36)
MMA legend Cris Cyborg made her professional debut in the co-main event of this PPV Card. She had a strong round one as Holloway didn’t seen like she wanted to engage. Holloway landed a few solid straights left hands in the second, but was knocked down in the third round from a Cyborg combination. Cyborg landed strong shots to the head and downstairs to the body in the final round, and Holloway was in survival mode for the entirety of the round as a result. Cyborg is now 1-0 as a pro boxer, and Holloway is now 0-3.
Undercard: 10 Round Featherweight Bout
Arnold Khegai (18-1-1, 11 KOs) vs Eduardo Baez (21-3-2, 7 KOs)
Result: Khegai by Split Decision (96-93, 94-95, 95-94)
Result: When this PPV card was announced, this was the fight on the undercard that boxing fans had the most confidence in delivering. Both guys have competed against the elite at 126. Khegai had a competitive fight with Stephen Fulton, and Baez was winning his most recent fight against Emanuel Navarrate until he was stopped in the sixth round. Unfortunately the fight was underwhelming, and it was a real rough fight with Khegai committing multiple fouls throughout the ten rounds. Khegai was in control throughout the bout, letting his hands go first and having success as Baez was never able to sustain any effective offensive work. Khegai had a point taken away in round seven and he ends up with the split decision victory. Khegai is now 19-1-1 with the win, while Baez falls to 21-4-2.
Undercard: 6 Round Heavyweight Bout
Jeremiah Milton (7-0, 6 KOs) vs Dajuan Calloway (5-1, 5 KOs)
Result: Milton by Unanimous Decision (59-55 x2, 58-56)
Jeremiah Milton entered the ring 127lbs lighter than his 387lb opponent Dajuan Calloway, but proved that size isn’t everything and did enough to get the job done. The first few rounds were feel out rounds as both guys were cautious of the others power. Milton began to back Calloway up to the ropes more as the fight progressed and landed combinations. Calloway had a pretty solid jab for his size and was defensively responsible, but wasn’t nearly active enough to get a victory. Milton improves to 8-0 with the win while Calloway is now 5-2.
PPV Opener: 8 Round Light Heavyweight Bout
Steven Nelson (17-0, 14 KOs) vs James Ballard (10-4, 3 KOs)
Result: Nelson by Stoppage in Round 1
Steven Nelson ended his career long layoff with a big first round knockout over James Ballard in the opening bout of the first ever BLK Prime PPV. Nelson landed a big right hand that floored Ballard and the referee then waived the fight off. He was out of the ring for a total of 27 months due to an achilles tear, and it was certainly good to see him back in the ring and looking sharp. Nelson improves to 18-0 with 15 stoppage wins, Ballard falls to 10-5.