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David Avanesyan set to preserve European welterweight title in opposition t Josh Kelly on January 30

David Avanesyan set to shelter European welterweight title against Josh Kelly on January 30

Avanesyan (left) and Kelly. picture courtesy of Sky sports
by Ring television

David Avanesyan will eventually guard his EBU European Welterweight Title towards undefeated rising superstar Josh Kelly in a bitter grudge suit on Saturday January 30 at a venue to be verified, reside on Sky activities within the UK and on DAZN within the U.S. and greater than 200 international locations and territories.

The competitors have been because of meet at the FlyDSA arena in Sheffield lower back in December 2018 before an ailment pressured Kelly to withdraw from the competition on the morning of the fight, resulting in “bottle job” jibes from Avanesyan’s supervisor Neil Marsh as bad blood boiled over between the camps.

Russia’s Avanesyan (26-three-1, 14 KOs) handled the frustration by using firmly organising himself as ‘the man’ of the european Welterweight scene, ripping the 147lbs title from Bilbao’s Kerman Lejarraga on away soil in March before destroying him within the opening circular of their September rematch.

the former World Champion made light work of Jose del Rio last time out in Barcelona, crushing the Spaniard within the opening round, and now finds himself on the cusp of yet another World Title shot may still he inflict a first defeat on Kelly.

Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KOs), a Rio 2016 Olympian from Sunderland, outclassed the in the past undefeated Pole Przemyslaw Runowski at the O2 in April final 12 months earlier than drawing with Ray Robinson two months afterward his US debut in ny.

‘PBK’ decisioned Nicaragua’s Wiston Campos in his closing day trip in Phoenix to set up his lengthy-awaited showdown with Avanesyan, and the North East skill is decided to silence his critics by means of producing a profession-gold standard win in January.

a meeting between the pair became rescheduled for March 2020 at the O2 in London simplest for the outbreak of the coronavirus within the UK to scupper their plans over again, however the rivals have an opportunity to settle their feud as soon as and for all subsequent month in a fight that has been brewing for over two years.

“This battle has been a very long time coming and it’s eventually time to silence my doubters,” mentioned Kelly. “he is the commonplace heading into the battle. He has proved how decent he’s in his final three fights. It’s going to be an outstanding battle, but one I’m quietly confident about.

“I feel like here’s a turning point in my profession. after I win, then I take it to the subsequent stage. plenty in the future is lying on this fight. Two fights in the past I fought Ray Robinson, which turned into a massive step-up. I don’t consider people realised how large of a step-up that turned into, however now I’m fighting Avanesyan, I may still get the credit I deserve.”

“What a way to delivery the year with this heavily-predicted grudge healthy,” noted Matchroom activity Managing Director Eddie Hearn. “here’s a tremendous step up for PBK and Ava has gave the look of a wrecking ball over the last few years. In 2021 we’re going for gold and here is the perfect strategy to beginning the 12 months – predict an exciting fight!”

Adam Smith, Sky sports’ Head of Boxing development stated: “David Avanesyan’s European Title defence towards Josh Kelly is an outstanding delivery to our Sky activities time table for 2021.

“We’ve adopted Josh Kelly’s entertaining profession when you consider that the very beginning, however now he faces a real acid verify in the variety of Avanesyan, a deadly puncher, who has huge ambitions of his personal.

“Conor Benn can be watching his British rival intently, having known as for a big domestic clash later in the year. but before that, PBK should produce a blinding performance in a vital European title clash.”

Press liberate courtesy of Matchroom Boxing.

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