Hovhannisyan stuns Rios; Rocha KOs Dumas

From ESPN - March 9, 2018

What was supposed to be a big night for brothers Ronny Rios and Alexis Rocha turned out to be a disaster, when Rios suffered a brutal defeat at the hands of Azat "Crazy" Hovhannisyan.

Hovhannisyan battered Rios in a sixth-round TKO on Friday night at The Hangar at The OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.

It was a fast-paced slugging match from the start as both boxers exchange hard shot on relatively even term the first two round. In the third, however, Hovhannisyan connected with three right hands to the temple that hurt Rios and forced him to hold in order to survive.

An accidental head butt in the fourth raised a large hematoma on the right side of Rios' forehead. Rios, of Santa Ana, California, seemed to recover somewhat in the fifth, but was knocked down in the sixth with a flush right to the head.

Hovhannisyan, 29, continued to punish Rios, 28, with heavy right hands and left hooks. He was staggering around the ring on rubber legs with a dazed look on his face, when referee Jack Reiss stopped the scheduled 10-rounder at 1:12 of the sixth round.


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