Everlast takes blame for Terence Crawford glove fiasco

Terence Crawford has been cleared of any wrongdoing in regards to the undefeated welterweight champion's glove malfunction during his sixth-round knockout win over David Avanesyan on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska. Everlast instead took responsibility for the failure, staying the issue was due to "a batch of defective leather."

Prior to the sixth round of the fight, referee Sparkle Lee halted the contest so commission officials could inspect Crawford's gloves after both ripped open.

Heading into the sixth round of Saturday's fight, the referee paused the contest so commission officials could inspect Crawford's gloves after both busted open to reveal padding.

Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) was allowed to proceed with the damaged gloves. Moments later, he knocked Avanesyan out with a beautiful left uppercut, right hook combination that sent the Russia-born fighter down to the canvas flat on his back.

"During the development cycle of the custom fight gloves used in Crawford vs. Avanesyan a batch of defective leather was used in production resulting in a malfunction during the competition," Everlast wrote in a statement.

"In such cases, Everlast follows proper protocol by providing back up competition pairs to be replaced pending a decision by the sanctioning body overseeing the fight.

"A stoppage was called to review the equipment malfunction and the commission deemed the equipment was still suitable for competition. No foul play was at hand, nor was there any tampering of the product on behalf of Terence Crawford and his camp."

The 35-year-old Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs) is FightNights.com's No.5-ranked pound-for-pound boxer.

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