SAN ANTONIO – Dagoberto Aguero tripped in a failed attempt to flip over the top rope during his ring walk.
Azat ‘Crazy A’ Hovhannisyan did his part to make sure the night went even worse for the Dominican featherweight.
Hovhannisyan marked time ahead of an owed title shot with a second-round stoppage of Aguero. The California-based Armenian scored two knockdowns before an ensuing flurry forced a stoppage at 1:11 of round two Saturday evening at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
The fight was put together fairly late into the promotion, with Hovhannisyan (21-3, 17KOs) eager to remain active but with Golden Boy Promotions having a hard time securing the right opponent. Aguero answered the call and was brimming with confidence throughout fight week. His efforts to make his presence felt ended with Aguero having to convert a fall into a forward roll as he hit the ground on the way to the ring.
Hovhannisyan handled the rest from there, frequently catching the 29-year-old Dominican with right hands in the opening round. Aguero was badly rocked in the closing seconds of the frame but managed to remain upright.
That wouldn’t last for long.
Aguero elected to trade with Hovhannisyan in round two and paid the price. A two-way exchange ended with Aguero getting countered and touching his glove to the canvas which referee Jon Schorle ruled a knockdown. Hovhannisyan floored Aguero mere second later, closing the show shortly after Aguero beat the count but left defenseless before he was rescued by the referee.
Hovhannisyan has now won seven in a row following a competitive but clear defeat to then-unbeaten WBC junior featherweight titlist Rey Vargas in May 2018. The 33-year-old has worked his way back into the title picture, though waiting out a mandatory title fight between WBA/IBF champ Murodjon Akhmadaliev and Ronny Rios, the latter whom Hovhannisyan stopped in the sixth round of a March 2018 clash to earn his title shot.
Hovhannisyan-Aguero opened a four-fight DAZN telecast topped by the ring return of Victorville, California’s Ryan Garcia (21-0, 18KOs) who faces Ghana’s Emmanuel Tagoe (32-1, 15KO) in a scheduled 12-round battle of lightweight contenders.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox