David Avanesyan is set to fight for a European title having been made mandatory challenger

35-year-old fan-favourite David Avanesyan (30-4-1, 18KO) has long been a top contender for the EBU title at welterweight.

Avanesyan has already held the EBU European welterweight title from 2019 to 2022 and successfully defended it most notably against then-unbeaten, fast-rising star Josh Kelly in a bitter grudge match back in January 2020 that ended with an early knockout victory for the Russian.

The Russian, trained by Carl Greaves, won two more defences against Brit Liam Taylor and Finnish fighter Oskari Metz before then stepping up to challenge Terence Crawford for the WBO world welterweight title in December 2022.

Avanesyan was stopped in the sixth round of that fight but then got back to winning ways last December when he forced journeyman Serge Ambomo to retire after four rounds, and now he has a chance to win back his old title.

A new post on X by his manager Neil Marsh shared the breaking news from the European Boxing Union regarding the mandatory challenger for their welterweight belt.


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