Josh Kelly Mandated To Fight Avanesyan By The EBU

AVANESYAN VS KELLY

  • AVANESYAN KO

    Votes: 1 25.0%
  • AVANESYAN PTS

    Votes: 1 25.0%
  • DRAW

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • KELLY PTS

    Votes: 2 50.0%
  • KELLY KO

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    4
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By Per Ake Persson
English welterweight Josh Kelly, 8-0, has been named mandatory challenger for EBU welter champ David Avanesyan, 24-3-1.

The EBU have set April 30 as deadline for private negotiations and will after that call for purse bids. However, it appears that Avanesyan will first take on the man he beat to win the title, Kerman Lejarraga, 27-1, in a rematch but if the EBU is in agreement with this is an open question.

And even if the EBU agrees, Avanesyan exposed Lejarraga pretty badly and a rematch is a dangerous move by the Spaniards. Another loss and Lejarraga can forget about the US and the big money fights for a long time.

Kelly and Avanesyan were scheduled to fight a few months ago, but then Kelly withdrew following the official weigh-in and there are different claims regarding his withdrawal.

Source: https://www.boxingscene.com/david-avanesyan-vs-josh-kelly-ordered-by-ebu--137896


I hope Booth and Kelly take this opportunity as it'd be a great SFN headline. Eddie needs to fill his dates so I'm hopeful he'd push for this fight and try and get Avanesyan over here, he did agree to fight here before so I doubt he'd say no.

If this happened in the autumn who would people pick? Kelly's looked pretty good so far but can get lazy when try to be slick. Avanesyan is fringe world/euro level and showed against Kerman he's a hard bastard that will beat you if you're not ready for world level.
 
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I'd probably pick Kelly to edge it, but as you say it's a great fight.

It has been mandated, Avanesyan is trained/managed here, it was already scheduled once before -- it should be a simple one to arrange. Although I know some feel PBK pulled out last time to duck Avanesyan after realising he was in deeper than he thought, so who knows?
 
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I'd probably pick Kelly to edge it, but as you say it's a great fight.

It has been mandated, Avanesyan is trained/managed here, it was already scheduled once before -- it should be a simple one to arrange. Although I know some feel PBK pulled out last time to duck Avanesyan after realising he was in deeper than he thought, so who knows?
I'd unconfidently pick Kelly by a close points decision too, it would be a big statement if he did pull it off with less than 10 fights into his pro career.

Booth seems to make the decisions on when his fighters step up so I don't feel its fair to call Kelly a ducker as some have. Booth has been saying for a long time Kelly is the most talented boxer he has ever trained, the Molina win was a good step up but that was a year ago so fighting Avanesyan 18 months after that (this September) isn't stepping him up too quickly.
 
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I'd unconfidently pick Kelly by a close points decision too, it would be a big statement if he did pull it off with less than 10 fights into his pro career.

Booth seems to make the decisions on when his fighters step up so I don't feel its fair to call Kelly a ducker as some have. Booth has been saying for a long time Kelly is the most talented boxer he has ever trained, the Molina win was a good step up but that was a year ago so fighting Avanesyan 18 months after that (this September) isn't stepping him up too quickly.
Morning mate, long time no speak.

Normally I’d agree that going from Molina to Avanesyan in 18 months wouldn’t be too quick, but I think it’s important to note what Kelly has - or hasn’t - done in that 18 months.

Kelly made a quick, promising start to his pro career and it looked as though he’d be moved quickly. He created a lot of hype based around this, his north east heritage (they’re crying out for a top fighter up there) and the ability to sell him as a RJJ clone to casuals.

In the time since Molina though he’s fought Kris George and Walter Fabian Castillo. He’s been largely inactive and I think it’s widely accepted he - or, more likely, Booth - didn’t fancy the Avanesyan fight for some reason at the back end of 2018.

His career has stalled the last year or so and he’s not really progressed since then at all. Of course, he could have had great training and sparring in the gym in that time and made huge progress but we don’t have that evidence to go on.

Either way, LeJarraga vs Avanesyan II will happen and, by the looks of it, Kelly will fight the winner. Either of those is a great fight and a huge step up for Kelly. We get a couple of great fights there in the rematch and then Kelly vs the winner so I’m excited for those and very intrigued to see how he gets on.
 

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Well Kelly is supposed to be on the Joshua card as well so hopefully we'll see some momentum from him now!
 
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Morning mate, long time no speak.

Normally I’d agree that going from Molina to Avanesyan in 18 months wouldn’t be too quick, but I think it’s important to note what Kelly has - or hasn’t - done in that 18 months.

Kelly made a quick, promising start to his pro career and it looked as though he’d be moved quickly. He created a lot of hype based around this, his north east heritage (they’re crying out for a top fighter up there) and the ability to sell him as a RJJ clone to casuals.

In the time since Molina though he’s fought Kris George and Walter Fabian Castillo. He’s been largely inactive and I think it’s widely accepted he - or, more likely, Booth - didn’t fancy the Avanesyan fight for some reason at the back end of 2018.

His career has stalled the last year or so and he’s not really progressed since then at all. Of course, he could have had great training and sparring in the gym in that time and made huge progress but we don’t have that evidence to go on.

Either way, LeJarraga vs Avanesyan II will happen and, by the looks of it, Kelly will fight the winner. Either of those is a great fight and a huge step up for Kelly. We get a couple of great fights there in the rematch and then Kelly vs the winner so I’m excited for those and very intrigued to see how he gets on.
Hello mate, yeh its been a while as I needed a break from all the AJ-Wilder bullshit.

Great post. That's an ideal scenario actually, LeJarraga vs Avanesyan II gives Kelly enough time to have another fight after next week. As Eddie has got Kelly on the AJ card and wants to make UK vs US fights John Molina Jr would be a good option imo, he's got a bit of name value and a level below Avanesyan but better than who Kelly has fought since the other Molina.
 
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Either way, LeJarraga vs Avanesyan II will happen and, by the looks of it, Kelly will fight the winner. Either of those is a great fight and a huge step up for Kelly. We get a couple of great fights there in the rematch and then Kelly vs the winner so I’m excited for those and very intrigued to see how he gets on.
I really hope this is how it plays out. Would add a lot of credibility to the European title. And with the ridiculousness of the world organisations, I'd love to see the traditional titles return to prominence (not going to happen though, sadly).
 
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