On Saturday, November 7, at Salle des Etoiles in Monte Carlo, David Avanesyan, a 27-year-old who fights out of Russia (21-1-1, 11 KOs) stopped Charlie Navarro by TKO to win the interim WBA World welterweight title. Referee Stanley Christodoulou stopped the fight at1:50 of the ninth. Thirty-six-year-old Navarro of Venezuela (25-8, 20 KOs) was only stopped once before, by Javier Alberto Mamani via 10th-round TKO in May 2005. Navarro and Avanesyan had been ranked, respectively, ninth and 10th by the WBA.
Ranked ninth by the WBA, 27-year-old Youri Kayembre Kalenga of France, by way of the Congo (22-2, 15 KOs), knocked out Roberto Feliciano Bolonti at 1:35 of the ninth. The rugged Bolonti, a 36-year-old who fights out of Argentina (36-5, 25 KOs), had never been stopped before, though this was the former light heavyweight’s first bout at cruiser.
Thirty-two-year-old Kazakh Zhanat Zhakiyanov (26-1, 18 KOs) took the interim WBA World bantamweight title from Yonfrez Parejo by split decision. Judges Stanley Christodoulou and Giuseppe Quartarone scored it 115-113 and 116-113, respectively, for Zhakiyanov, while judge Levi Martinez scored it 116-112 for Parejo. The 29-year-old Venezuelan (17-2-1, 8 KOs) had won the belt in August 2014 by stopping Luis Hinojosa via 11th-round TKO. Parejo and Zhakiyanov had been ranked, respectively, first and second by the WBA.
Jun Qiu Xiao, a 25-year-old who fights out of China (19-2, 9 KOs), won the vacant WBA International super bantamweight title by stopping Amor Belahdj Ali via 11th-round TKO. A southpaw, the 29-year-old Frenchman (14-4-1, 2 KOs) had never been stopped before.
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