HyeFighter Leva Kirakosyan became a two-time European junior lightweight champion today with a dominant win over Scott Lawton in Stoke.
Kirakosyan (32-5, 22 KO) dropped Lawton (27-6-1, 6 KO) at 40 seconds of the first round, and Lawton was timid for the remainder of the round, playing defense the entire time. Near the end of the second round, Lawton was rocked against the ropes, and referee Soren Saugmann jumped in to give him a standing eight count. Lawton was clearly on bad legs, and the referee frankly could and even should have stopped it there. Instead, Lawton got to go back, with the bell ringing before he could take any more punishment.
Kirakosyan finished him off early in the third, putting him back on the ropes right away and unloading. When Lawton decided to drop his left hand, a thudding right snapped his head back, and Saugmann mercifully stopped the bout.