Via Barry Holbrook: David Avanesyan predicts a win for Errol Spence Jr in his three-belt unification match against Yordenis Ugas on April 16 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Avanesyan believes 147-lb IBF/WBC champion Spence (27-0.21 KOs) is now 100% recovered from a car crash in late 2019 and will put on a better performance against the champ WBA Welding Ugas (27-4, 12 KOs) in their title on Showtime’s pay-per-view.
WBC 3rd place contender Avanesyan (28-3-1, 16 KOs) wants to take on Spence in his next bout, as long as he beats Ugas and he wins the showdown this Saturday night.
Avanesyan, 33, is defending her EBU weightlifting belt this Saturday, March 19, against Oskari Metz (15-0.5 KO) during the main event at Wembley Arena in London, England.
It was a fight that Avanesyan has received criticism for accepting because the 30-year-old Finnish boxer Metz is an unknown to many boxing fans and another example of the Russian boxer defending against an opponent. inferior opponent.
In Avanesyan’s final bout, he successfully defended his EBU welterweight title against Liam Taylor with a second-round knockout last October. At the time, boxing fans wanted Avanesyan to take on undefeated WBO No. 1 contender Vergil Ortiz Jr.
“Listen, I want a world title,” Avanesyan said to Secondsout. “I think Errol Spence after the car incident after his last fight; I think he feels a little better. For this war [Yordenis Ugas]he can be 100%.
“In his last bout, he wasn’t at 100% strength,” Avanesyan said of Errol looking not sharp in his final matchup against Danny Garcia in 2020 following the crash. car accident in October 2019.
“In a good game, I think Spence will win,” said Avanesyan, predicting Errol’s win over Ugas on April 16. “I gave Spence a little more chance.
“If Spence beats Ugas, he has three titles, I hope they give me a knockout, and I win the knockout, I fought Spence for three titles. I think it’s good work,” Avanesyan said.
Avanesyan’s chances of winning the title against Spence this year are slim to none. It won’t happen.
Avanesyan probably won’t get a chance to fight Spence until he becomes mandatory for one of his titles.
That may not happen, though, because Avanesyan isn’t fighting the kind of backlash that would put him in the No. Avanesyan is fighting European-level fighters, not top world-class opposition, and he’s not doing himself any favors.
What Avanesyan should do is toss the EBU heavy jewelry set and focus on fighting the top 10 contenders at 147th place.
If there’s any chance of Avanesyan participating in the title elimination for one of the belts at 147, he needs to grab it with both hands.
By waiting and focusing on defending his EBU title against lesser known non-competitors, Avanesyan is ruining any chances he might get one day. get the world title, possibly going up against WBO weight champion Terence Crawford.
What’s happening is that Avanesyan will be overtaken by younger heavyweights Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, Conor Benn, and Vergil Ortiz Jr for a title.
Those fighters will likely be awarded the world champion title against Avanesyan as they are facing better opposition.
“When my manager gave me a contract to fight Spence, then I would sit down and think about how I would beat him,” Avanesyan said when asked how he put it. come up with a game plan to defeat Errol.
“I only know Metz has 15 fights, 5 KOs and he doesn’t have many fights on YouTube,” Avanesyan said of his fight this Saturday, March 19, against Oskari Metz little known.
“I never thought before a match that I needed a knockout. If you think about a knockout, it’s not possible. I lost my time. If I see a possibility of a knockout, I’ll take it. Not before the game, ‘I need a knockout.’ No, I know that I need to win.
“I need number 1 to fight WBC. I needed to stay active and I was ready,” Avanesyan said.