News October 2015

David Avanesyan gets world title opportunity


British-based Russian welterweight David Avanesyan has leapfrogged a host of the division’s top names to get a shot at a world title recently vacated by Andre Berto.

The 27-year old, managed by North West manager Neil Marsh, faces Venezualan Charlie Navarro for the interim WBA world welterweight crown in Monte Carlo on 7 November.

With current WBA regular champion Keith Thurman expected to vacate the belt sooner rather than later, the contest could set the Russian up for potentially massive fights in the future, probably in the USA, against stars such as Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana or Shawn Porter. First up however, the former WBC Baltic champion needs to beat Navarro and defend the title.

Trained in Newark by Carl Greaves, Avanesyan, who is taking English lessons provided by his manager, said: “I am delighted to get this opportunity to fight for a version of the world title [so soon] after coming to England. This is what I became involved in boxing for and to be able to do it so soon after signing with Neil is a dream come true for me. I am preparing well for Navarro, who is a good fighter who I respect very much. We are ranked at similar levels by some [organisations] but I believe my skill and experience will win the contest and, with the belt and as a champion, I will then go on to fight some [of the] bigger names [in the division].”

Revealing that he had to move quickly to secure the chance to fight for the title, manager Neil Marsh said: “David has had one fight for me since I recently signed him and to say I have been impressed since then would be an understatement. He is a very good boxer, skilful and dedicated, and I always believed he would fight for a world title at some point. When this opportunity came up after Berto’s fight with Floyd Mayweather was confirmed, we set the wheels in motion and we are very grateful to the WBA who have given us this fantastic opportunity. The plan is, once David wins, to defend the title, hopefully in England, and then move onto massive fights in the USA, possibly against one of Al Haymon’s fighters. We’re all looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity for David to secure his own future.”

Headlined by Juergan Braehmer’s WBA world light-heavyweight title defence against Thomas Oosthuizen, Avanesyan v Charlie Navarro for the interim WBA world welterweight title will take place at the Salle des Etoiles, Monte Carlo, on 7 November.

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