Kerman Lejarraga Back 8th June

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I thought he'd go straight into the Ava rematch, assuming this will be an easy touch before the rematch it means we'll have to wait around 5 months for it (the rematch). If they have the rematch in September then PBK wont fight the winner until December. Maybe Eddie has done a deal with Kerman that PBK-Ava is next and he'll fight the winner after his comeback fight in June...
 
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Perhaps best asking @nidaros997 these days.

Although I'm not expecting anyone notable in the other corner. It's just a keep-busy, undercard bout.
Sorry, a while since I visited this forum.

I saw the last match against Avanesyan ringside too, and got some info later on after the match.

The situation seems to be that they will consider using the rematch clause after the 8 June fight. As for now, I don't think it is 100% sure whether there will be a rematch with Avanesyan. One issue is that the EBU made Josh Kelly the mandatory opponent for Avenesyan, and Lejarraga's main goal seems to be to retake the EBU-title, and not necessarily to avenge his loss, even if there has been talks about such a match too, a rematch in Bilbao in October/November even if the EBU title is not at stake. I guess they will try to win this match against the hard hitting Mexican 8 June, and thereafter make a decision on the way forward, taking into account whether or not a rematch with Avanesyan would be for the EBU-title. This is partly up to the EBU to decide, and whether or not Kelly and Avanesyan wants that fight.

Avanesyan's team does not seem to want anything to do anymore with Kelly's team, and would rather go back to Bilbao for the rematch, unless Avanesyan gets a good offer for a big match and/or Lejarraga's team decides they do not want the rematch. Kelly and his coach said right after Kelly's match against Runowski in April that they wanted the fight with Avanesyan, but I think that is primarily said not to loose face following Kelly ducking Avanesyan. First by cancelling the fight hours before they were meant to fight 8 December last year due to sickness and struggling to make weight, and second, by not signing up for a new match the next month while claiming Kelly had to undertake medical examinations to know whether he could continue fighting as a welter or had to move up to superwelter. In various interviews with Kelly leading up to the match with Runowski, he seemed more hesitant on whether or not he would fight Avanesyan, for sure not any time soon. Thus, a match between Kelly and Avanesyan seems unlikely in the near future.

A likely scenario is therefore that Kelly does not fight for the EBU against Avanesyan. Avanesyan is then ready to fight Lejarraga in Bilbao in the autumn, but it could also happen that Avanesyan abandons his EBU title if he gets a good offer (e.g. to fight Crawford or at least a tile eliminator fight), while Lejarraga is then happy to regain the EBU title by fighting for example the Frenchman Jordi Weiss, who has the EU EBU title.

Personally, I think none of the above really matters anymore. In his last fight Lejarraga was exposed. Poor defence, no ability to grab and hold, limited footwork, and a very inexperienced corner that (in my opinion) made him loose the fight. Whereas Lejarraga had a nice development from 2015 to 2018, improving his jab and overall boxing skills to a decent European level, it is obvious that his current coach and team are not able to develop his footwork and defensive skills to the level they should be. Moreover, the instructions he was given during the match were poor. A corner should stay calm and give pedagogical instructions, switching to a plan B if necessary depending on how the match unfolds. For the first three rounds Lejarraga boxed well, and was probably up on points. In the fourth he came out swinging, was easily countered, and Avanesyan scored a flash knockdown. That could happen to anyone, but it looked easy. At that moment, things went from bad to worse, as he jumped up fairly quickly, probably to show his followers and the referee he was OK, but sitting ringside I noticed one of his legs wobbled as he stood up, too quickly. He should have remained sitting, taking the full 8 count, and thereafter kept the distance, jabbing, and/or grabbing, to complete a round he had already lost 8-10. But instead he fought on like a maniac, perhaps to score a knockdown to even things out, and while doing that, exposing himself.

Rounds five to seven seemed quite even, with Avanesyan being able to land quick combinations with his faster hands and better footwork, moving from side to side to find holes in Lejarraga's defence. Nevertheless, these rounds were quite even. I've been told that after round seven someone in Lejarraga's corner had seen the scoring on Eurosport's live coverage, where Lejarraga was a point behind. True or not, but his coach then instructed him to go all out and KO Avanesyan, and "fight like in the street". Lejarraga did what he was told, gassed out badly after 2 minutes, and was countered again. In the beginning of the 9th he was still exhausted/hurt, and when Avanesyan hit him, and followed up, Lejarraga once again did not hold, did not take a knee, but just took all the punches until the referee had to step in. In my opinion, if Lejarraga had boxed all rounds like he started rounds 1 to 3, and similar to when he fought Skeete, he would have won. He would not have entertained and lived up to his hype as a 'beast', but as the defending champion, at home, I think his superior reach and decent jab, would have scored him enough points. Instead, he cut the distance, tried to KO Avanesyan both in rounds 4 and 8, and was countered by a more slick and faster counter-puncher. More or less, he opened up exactly the way he should not have done, to give Avanesyan the chance to execute his game plan.

However, I've also heard that Lejarraga had some health issues during his last fight. He entered the ring 3-4 kgs less than usual, and probably did not have any weight advantage as usual, that he had been in camp for too long and was over trained, and that some blood tests had suggested he had been ill and that this could explain his weight loss and why he gassed out and was easily stopped...

The way I see it though, and irrespective of any sickness, Lejarraga needs to change coach, if he is to develop into a world title contender type of fighter. Unfortunately, that will not happen, and I believe he will most likely not improve his defence, footwork and ring IQ (which was lacking completely in his last match) to stand a chance at the world level, irrespective of how strong he punches with both hands. His corner and game plan must also improve significantly, and I doubt it.

As for his next fight, I think it is a mistake to meet a puncher this soon. They should have waited to send him back in the ring, or set him up with a less dangerous boxer. As for a rematch against Avanesyan, I am afraid history will repeat itself unless he improves a lot over a few months time, and I doubt his current coach and team is capable of that. A better route back for him would be not to do the rematch, let Avanesyan rather fight someone else to get a title shot, while trying to win back the EBU title against someone else, such as Weiss. Thereafter, he needs to improve a lot. His team has said they have learned a lot from this loss, and I'd be happy to see Lejarraga move on beyond the European level, but right now, I have my doubts. I want to see a lot of improvements first.
 
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Sorry, a while since I visited this forum.

I saw the last match against Avanesyan ringside too, and got some info later on after the match.

The situation seems to be that they will consider using the rematch clause after the 8 June fight. As for now, I don't think it is 100% sure whether there will be a rematch with Avanesyan. One issue is that the EBU made Josh Kelly the mandatory opponent for Avenesyan, and Lejarraga's main goal seems to be to retake the EBU-title, and not necessarily to avenge his loss, even if there has been talks about such a match too, a rematch in Bilbao in October/November even if the EBU title is not at stake. I guess they will try to win this match against the hard hitting Mexican 8 June, and thereafter make a decision on the way forward, taking into account whether or not a rematch with Avanesyan would be for the EBU-title. This is partly up to the EBU to decide, and whether or not Kelly and Avanesyan wants that fight.

Avanesyan's team does not seem to want anything to do anymore with Kelly's team, and would rather go back to Bilbao for the rematch, unless Avanesyan gets a good offer for a big match and/or Lejarraga's team decides they do not want the rematch. Kelly and his coach said right after Kelly's match against Runowski in April that they wanted the fight with Avanesyan, but I think that is primarily said not to loose face following Kelly ducking Avanesyan. First by cancelling the fight hours before they were meant to fight 8 December last year due to sickness and struggling to make weight, and second, by not signing up for a new match the next month while claiming Kelly had to undertake medical examinations to know whether he could continue fighting as a welter or had to move up to superwelter. In various interviews with Kelly leading up to the match with Runowski, he seemed more hesitant on whether or not he would fight Avanesyan, for sure not any time soon. Thus, a match between Kelly and Avanesyan seems unlikely in the near future.

A likely scenario is therefore that Kelly does not fight for the EBU against Avanesyan. Avanesyan is then ready to fight Lejarraga in Bilbao in the autumn, but it could also happen that Avanesyan abandons his EBU title if he gets a good offer (e.g. to fight Crawford or at least a tile eliminator fight), while Lejarraga is then happy to regain the EBU title by fighting for example the Frenchman Jordi Weiss, who has the EU EBU title.

Personally, I think none of the above really matters anymore. In his last fight Lejarraga was exposed. Poor defence, no ability to grab and hold, limited footwork, and a very inexperienced corner that (in my opinion) made him loose the fight. Whereas Lejarraga had a nice development from 2015 to 2018, improving his jab and overall boxing skills to a decent European level, it is obvious that his current coach and team are not able to develop his footwork and defensive skills to the level they should be. Moreover, the instructions he was given during the match were poor. A corner should stay calm and give pedagogical instructions, switching to a plan B if necessary depending on how the match unfolds. For the first three rounds Lejarraga boxed well, and was probably up on points. In the fourth he came out swinging, was easily countered, and Avanesyan scored a flash knockdown. That could happen to anyone, but it looked easy. At that moment, things went from bad to worse, as he jumped up fairly quickly, probably to show his followers and the referee he was OK, but sitting ringside I noticed one of his legs wobbled as he stood up, too quickly. He should have remained sitting, taking the full 8 count, and thereafter kept the distance, jabbing, and/or grabbing, to complete a round he had already lost 8-10. But instead he fought on like a maniac, perhaps to score a knockdown to even things out, and while doing that, exposing himself.

Rounds five to seven seemed quite even, with Avanesyan being able to land quick combinations with his faster hands and better footwork, moving from side to side to find holes in Lejarraga's defence. Nevertheless, these rounds were quite even. I've been told that after round seven someone in Lejarraga's corner had seen the scoring on Eurosport's live coverage, where Lejarraga was a point behind. True or not, but his coach then instructed him to go all out and KO Avanesyan, and "fight like in the street". Lejarraga did what he was told, gassed out badly after 2 minutes, and was countered again. In the beginning of the 9th he was still exhausted/hurt, and when Avanesyan hit him, and followed up, Lejarraga once again did not hold, did not take a knee, but just took all the punches until the referee had to step in. In my opinion, if Lejarraga had boxed all rounds like he started rounds 1 to 3, and similar to when he fought Skeete, he would have won. He would not have entertained and lived up to his hype as a 'beast', but as the defending champion, at home, I think his superior reach and decent jab, would have scored him enough points. Instead, he cut the distance, tried to KO Avanesyan both in rounds 4 and 8, and was countered by a more slick and faster counter-puncher. More or less, he opened up exactly the way he should not have done, to give Avanesyan the chance to execute his game plan.

However, I've also heard that Lejarraga had some health issues during his last fight. He entered the ring 3-4 kgs less than usual, and probably did not have any weight advantage as usual, that he had been in camp for too long and was over trained, and that some blood tests had suggested he had been ill and that this could explain his weight loss and why he gassed out and was easily stopped...

The way I see it though, and irrespective of any sickness, Lejarraga needs to change coach, if he is to develop into a world title contender type of fighter. Unfortunately, that will not happen, and I believe he will most likely not improve his defence, footwork and ring IQ (which was lacking completely in his last match) to stand a chance at the world level, irrespective of how strong he punches with both hands. His corner and game plan must also improve significantly, and I doubt it.

As for his next fight, I think it is a mistake to meet a puncher this soon. They should have waited to send him back in the ring, or set him up with a less dangerous boxer. As for a rematch against Avanesyan, I am afraid history will repeat itself unless he improves a lot over a few months time, and I doubt his current coach and team is capable of that. A better route back for him would be not to do the rematch, let Avanesyan rather fight someone else to get a title shot, while trying to win back the EBU title against someone else, such as Weiss. Thereafter, he needs to improve a lot. His team has said they have learned a lot from this loss, and I'd be happy to see Lejarraga move on beyond the European level, but right now, I have my doubts. I want to see a lot of improvements first.
Very informative post.

I really like Lejarraga he is a very entertaining fighter and unless he gets better sparring,coaching and tries to just tweak some technical faults which all fighters except the top 1 percent have the world level and top European contenders will know what they are facing.

Lejarraga is a pressure fighter,come forward manic in attack and if you can ride the storm you will always have a chance,here many were not surprised he walked through Gavin but he took Skeete apart who has given many fighters questions they can't answer,movement awkward and rangy.It was a very impressive win.

Pacing a fight is so important and you even go back to great fighters we had like Nigel Benn he got out of jail early in his career by having dynamite in his hands Anthomy Logan fight was a warning he didn't learn from when facing Michael Watson.

Fighters can learn from defeat and come again I hope he does.

Seasoned fighters with good defence can and will ride the initial storm and unless you are incredibly conditioned you can't fight at the manic pace Lejarraga does.

I hope he learns from the defeat and comes again because he is a great tv fighter for me,aggressive pressure fighter but the best with those style understand you don't need to be too telegraphed take your time and open the opponent up more.
 
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The event showing Kerman's return fight is live now for $9.99 at www.fite.tv

http://boxrec.com/en/event/786140

For those who like old school boxing, many 50/50 matches, I recommend the event. Right now it is a 6 rounder. The main event is local fighter Andoni Gago fighting another spaniard for the EBU featherweight title. David Avanesyan is ringside. If Kerman wins I guess we'll see Avanesyan in the ring after his fight.
 
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Match ended now, 00.20 local time. 4 round TKO for Kerman. The Mexican was a skilled journeyman. They fought as super welters, and Kerman looked massive and strong. Very different from when he lost against Avanesyan (and they said afterwards he had been sick). Kerman boxed as he normally does. For three first rounds good jab, and many wild hooks, as always. By the end of the fourth the Mexican was bleeding badly from the nose, and Kerman switched to go for the body. 2-3 good body shots that looked hurtful and the Mexican took a knee and could not get up.

New corner. They have brought in the most experienced Spanish trainer to his corner, and recently they employed an Argentinian physical trainer to work with Kerman in Bilbao. He was also in the corner. Other people that used to be in his corner were not there anymore.

Too early to say if this will improve him much, but at least their team has accepted a lot of the criticism they faced after Kerman's loss and made several adjustments.

Rematch with Avanesyan set for 28 September.
 
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News today in Spanish espabox.com (Spain's leading boxing news site, with daily updates) that the fight between Kerman Lejarraga and David Avanesyan will take place already in August, and not in September as some claimed right after Kerman's last fight this weekend. The rematch must take place before 30 September, and the winner will face the contender selected by the EBU, Josh Kelly, next. Dates mentioned by espabox.com are either 3 August, for a fight in Marbella, or during the 'Large Week' in Bilbao, which is a 9 day event that takes place every year, with a lot of festivities in Bilbao. This year the event takes place between 17-25 August. Usually there are many concerts during the festival, traditional Basque music and traditions etc. Sounds like a good idea to visit Bilbao again this week if the fight is arranged in Bilbao at this time.

The reason that Marbella is mentioned as a likely event is that MGZ, the boxing promoter (owned by Kerman's coach), has arranged an event in Marbella in August for several years already, and Kerman has boxed there before. Last year he fought the Mexican Navarrete in the Marbella event. The event in Marbella is usually much smaller than those in Bilbao, but the Marbella event (at least the first years) was well sponsored. Thus, my guess would be that a big sponsor will pay well to arrange the fight in Marbella, for example at a luxury hotel. Last year though the event was arranged in a sports hall, with perhaps something like 1500-2000 spectators.
 
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Sorry, a while since I visited this forum.

I saw the last match against Avanesyan ringside too, and got some info later on after the match.

The situation seems to be that they will consider using the rematch clause after the 8 June fight. As for now, I don't think it is 100% sure whether there will be a rematch with Avanesyan. One issue is that the EBU made Josh Kelly the mandatory opponent for Avenesyan, and Lejarraga's main goal seems to be to retake the EBU-title, and not necessarily to avenge his loss, even if there has been talks about such a match too, a rematch in Bilbao in October/November even if the EBU title is not at stake. I guess they will try to win this match against the hard hitting Mexican 8 June, and thereafter make a decision on the way forward, taking into account whether or not a rematch with Avanesyan would be for the EBU-title. This is partly up to the EBU to decide, and whether or not Kelly and Avanesyan wants that fight.

Avanesyan's team does not seem to want anything to do anymore with Kelly's team, and would rather go back to Bilbao for the rematch, unless Avanesyan gets a good offer for a big match and/or Lejarraga's team decides they do not want the rematch. Kelly and his coach said right after Kelly's match against Runowski in April that they wanted the fight with Avanesyan, but I think that is primarily said not to loose face following Kelly ducking Avanesyan. First by cancelling the fight hours before they were meant to fight 8 December last year due to sickness and struggling to make weight, and second, by not signing up for a new match the next month while claiming Kelly had to undertake medical examinations to know whether he could continue fighting as a welter or had to move up to superwelter. In various interviews with Kelly leading up to the match with Runowski, he seemed more hesitant on whether or not he would fight Avanesyan, for sure not any time soon. Thus, a match between Kelly and Avanesyan seems unlikely in the near future.

A likely scenario is therefore that Kelly does not fight for the EBU against Avanesyan. Avanesyan is then ready to fight Lejarraga in Bilbao in the autumn, but it could also happen that Avanesyan abandons his EBU title if he gets a good offer (e.g. to fight Crawford or at least a tile eliminator fight), while Lejarraga is then happy to regain the EBU title by fighting for example the Frenchman Jordi Weiss, who has the EU EBU title.

Personally, I think none of the above really matters anymore. In his last fight Lejarraga was exposed. Poor defence, no ability to grab and hold, limited footwork, and a very inexperienced corner that (in my opinion) made him loose the fight. Whereas Lejarraga had a nice development from 2015 to 2018, improving his jab and overall boxing skills to a decent European level, it is obvious that his current coach and team are not able to develop his footwork and defensive skills to the level they should be. Moreover, the instructions he was given during the match were poor. A corner should stay calm and give pedagogical instructions, switching to a plan B if necessary depending on how the match unfolds. For the first three rounds Lejarraga boxed well, and was probably up on points. In the fourth he came out swinging, was easily countered, and Avanesyan scored a flash knockdown. That could happen to anyone, but it looked easy. At that moment, things went from bad to worse, as he jumped up fairly quickly, probably to show his followers and the referee he was OK, but sitting ringside I noticed one of his legs wobbled as he stood up, too quickly. He should have remained sitting, taking the full 8 count, and thereafter kept the distance, jabbing, and/or grabbing, to complete a round he had already lost 8-10. But instead he fought on like a maniac, perhaps to score a knockdown to even things out, and while doing that, exposing himself.

Rounds five to seven seemed quite even, with Avanesyan being able to land quick combinations with his faster hands and better footwork, moving from side to side to find holes in Lejarraga's defence. Nevertheless, these rounds were quite even. I've been told that after round seven someone in Lejarraga's corner had seen the scoring on Eurosport's live coverage, where Lejarraga was a point behind. True or not, but his coach then instructed him to go all out and KO Avanesyan, and "fight like in the street". Lejarraga did what he was told, gassed out badly after 2 minutes, and was countered again. In the beginning of the 9th he was still exhausted/hurt, and when Avanesyan hit him, and followed up, Lejarraga once again did not hold, did not take a knee, but just took all the punches until the referee had to step in. In my opinion, if Lejarraga had boxed all rounds like he started rounds 1 to 3, and similar to when he fought Skeete, he would have won. He would not have entertained and lived up to his hype as a 'beast', but as the defending champion, at home, I think his superior reach and decent jab, would have scored him enough points. Instead, he cut the distance, tried to KO Avanesyan both in rounds 4 and 8, and was countered by a more slick and faster counter-puncher. More or less, he opened up exactly the way he should not have done, to give Avanesyan the chance to execute his game plan.

However, I've also heard that Lejarraga had some health issues during his last fight. He entered the ring 3-4 kgs less than usual, and probably did not have any weight advantage as usual, that he had been in camp for too long and was over trained, and that some blood tests had suggested he had been ill and that this could explain his weight loss and why he gassed out and was easily stopped...

The way I see it though, and irrespective of any sickness, Lejarraga needs to change coach, if he is to develop into a world title contender type of fighter. Unfortunately, that will not happen, and I believe he will most likely not improve his defence, footwork and ring IQ (which was lacking completely in his last match) to stand a chance at the world level, irrespective of how strong he punches with both hands. His corner and game plan must also improve significantly, and I doubt it.

As for his next fight, I think it is a mistake to meet a puncher this soon. They should have waited to send him back in the ring, or set him up with a less dangerous boxer. As for a rematch against Avanesyan, I am afraid history will repeat itself unless he improves a lot over a few months time, and I doubt his current coach and team is capable of that. A better route back for him would be not to do the rematch, let Avanesyan rather fight someone else to get a title shot, while trying to win back the EBU title against someone else, such as Weiss. Thereafter, he needs to improve a lot. His team has said they have learned a lot from this loss, and I'd be happy to see Lejarraga move on beyond the European level, but right now, I have my doubts. I want to see a lot of improvements first.
Solid answer!
 
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