HyeFighter Art Hovanessian stopped Hensley Stratchan in the fifth round of a scheduled six-round bout.
Hovanessian dropped Stratchan with a counter right hand to the head in the first round. Stratchan recovered and tried to fight back, but had no answer in fighting the more polished Hovanessian.
As the bout progressed, Hovanessian landed the harder punches, slowly breaking Stratchan down. Stratchan’s punch output dropped with each passing round as Hovanessian’s increased.
Things went further south for Stratchan as a cut opened over the right eye from a Hovanessian punch in the fourth round. Stratchan only threw one punch at a time and those were few and far between.
In the fifth round, Hovanessian went on the attack, landing more hard shots to the head and body. After Hovanessian landed a combination, Stratchan motioned to referee Jack Reiss that he was not able to continue, prompting Reiss to stop the fight at 1:45.
Hovanessian, from Glendale, CA by way of Yerevan, Armenia, improves to 11-0-1, 6 KOs. Stratchan, Nassau, Bahamas, drops to 5-7-1, 3 KOs.