David Avanesyan is rested, recuperated and ready for another assault on the welterweight division.
The former European and WBA Interim welterweight champion has been relaxing at home in Russia but is now eager to return to action.
Avanesyan (29-4-1, 17 KO’s) hasn’t been in the ring since last December when he suffered a sixth round knockout defeat to now undisputed welterweight champion, Terence Crawford. Avanesyan put in a determined, aggressive performance which has aged well considering the way Crawford took Errol Spence Jnr apart in July.
“I got a nice rest after the Crawford fight and spent some quality time with my family but I’ve been ticking over for six months now [and I’m] ready for the right fight,” Avanesyan told BoxingScene.com.
“To be honest I’ve always been confident I could cause him problems. The glove issue left a stain on the fight. If you are beaten by a great fighter, so what? If there are wrong doings that’s gone on it’s a harder to take.”
Avanesyan’s team are still waiting for a response to the letters they have sent regarding the condition of Crawford’s gloves – both of which split badly during the fight – and will discuss their next move when the Armenian returns to his training base in the UK.
In the meantime, there has been there has been an interesting new arrival in the welterweight division; former undisputed junior welterweight champion, Josh Taylor.
There have been whispers that 35 year old Avanesyan could be the man in the opposite corner for Taylor’s first outing at 147lbs but although he can confirm there was certainly interest expressed from his side, he also revealed that they have yet to hear anything positive.
“My manager Neil [Marsh] has been working hard and Josh Taylor stated he wanted [to come back at] 147 so it’s an obvious fight to make but, sadly, we haven’t heard back from them,” Avanesyan said
“I’ve had support off the wonderful people of Scotland in the past and I love the away end. I was never given it easy so why change now? He would have a partisan crowd – the more the better in my eyes – and this fight would sell. I won’t disrespect Josh. He has achieved so much and proven to take challenges so hopefully he would accept the fight with me.”
It is no secret that Taylor struggled to make the junior welterweight limit towards the end of his campaign. He struggled past Jack Catterall in February 2022 and his outstanding run at 140lbs came to an end in when Teofimo Lopez relieved him of his WBO title in June. Avaneysan isn’t sure whether the move to 147lbs will bring Taylor the new lease of life he is hoping for but he would be a more than willing volunteer to find out.
“It could go two ways. He hasn’t looked the fighter he was a couple of years ago lately. Is it weight? Maybe that fixes it all, we will have to see. Fighting me would show the level he can be at 147 and nobody can say different.”