'Ava vs 'PBK'
Josh Kelly takes a step up in class against European welterweight champion David Avanesyan on the 87th day of the year.
BBN have provided all the details you need to know about the Russia vs England battle:
The bout takes place on March 28, 2020, which is very aptly the same day in history that Britain declared war on Russia 166 years ago during the Crimean War.
It takes place at the O2 Arena in London.
12 three-minute championship rounds at welterweight.
Reigning champion David Avanesyan's European welterweight title is on the line.
UK fight fans can expect Avanesyan and Kelly to make their ringwalks any time around 10pm (GMT) on Saturday night, but boxing events are often subject to delays.
Coverage for Avanesyan-Kelly starts live on Sky Sports Facebook at 6pm, then live on Sky Sports from 7pm live, and DAZN in the US
You can watch online via the Sky Sports website here: https://www.skysports.com/watch
There is one other way that you can watch if you are not a Sky TV customer, or if you are just out and about on Saturday night by simply finding a suitable pub that is showing the event by visiting pubfinder.sky.com
Free to view for Sky Sports subscribers
There's more championship action as evenly-matched Luther Clay (13-1) and Chris Kongo (11-0) battle for 'Luth's' WBO Global welterweight belt.
Everything you ever need to know about David Avanesyan HERE
Press Conference Quotes
Josh Kelly: “It’s a good opportunity to silence the doubters. He is the favourite now. He has proved how good he is in the last three fights. It’s going to be a good fight, but one I’m quietly confident about. When I win, then I take it to the next level. A lot in the future is lying on this fight.”
David Avanesyan: “I have unfinished business with Josh Kelly. I'm delighted the fight has finally been made and I will have a chance to inflict a first defeat on his professional career. As the British fans know, I will fight anyone anywhere and I am determined to put a big show on for them in every fight as they treat me so well and I love them. After I deal with Kelly I want Eddie to deliver me a World Title shot so I can become a two-time World Champion and secure my family's future.”
Former WBA world champion David Avanesyan (26-3-1, 14 KOs), trained by Carl Greaves, is defending his EBU European welterweight title for the third time against undefeated rising Sunderland star Josh Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KOs) in a bitter grudge match after the pair were originally scheduled to clash in December 2018, but 'PBK' withdrew on the morning of their fight, leading to calls of being a 'bottlejob' from 'Ava's' manager Neil Marsh, something that still niggles at Adam Booth-trained Kelly today; so there's a bit of history there, a lot of needle, and some unfinished business in a fantastic fight where both boxers have something to prove.
Nottingham-based Avanesyan stands at 5ft 8" with a 69" reach compared to challenger Kelly's taller stature at 5ft 10" and a longer 72" reach.
The Russian national, six years Kelly's senior, has had over a decade in the paid ranks compared to 25-year-old Kelly's three. In that time, Avanesyan has won 26 from 30 bouts, collecting six titles at welterweight - the Russian national title; WBC Youth Inter-Continental; WBC Asian; WBC Baltic; interim WBA World and the WBA World title.
With just 11 professional bouts under his belt, Rio 2016 Olympian Kelly has managed to win the Commonwealth and WBA International welterweight titles, the latter which he defended three times, the last defence ended in draw with American Ray Robinson.
Although Avanesyan has already been a world ruler, Kelly has defeated a world champion in his sixth fight when decisioned former IBF super-welterweight titlist Carlos Molina unanimously over 10 rounds.
Peter Sims: "This is a great European scrap with Josh Kelly being a reflex fighter and David Avanesyan being a puncher. I was training Dean Byrne when he fought Avanesyan a few years and recall Byrne saying to me how hard he hit. I’m going Avanesyan by late stoppage if Kelly runs out of steam, which has been his only flaw to date."
Check out all the predictions for Avanesyan vs Kelly HERE
Betting Odds Supplied by 888Sport
David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly
12x3 European welterweight title
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10x3 WBO Global welterweight title
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6x3 Welterweight contest
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6x3 Light-heavyweight contest
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8x3 Featherweight contest
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6x3 Featherweight contest
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6x3 Bantamweight contest
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