“He deserves a chance for the world title and we want him. We deserve the opportunity”; David Avanesyan’s manager, Neil Marsh, has already contacted the governing bodies to field a fight against one of the champions.
By Jack Collins and Andy Scott
Last updated: 23/02/21 16:27 pm
David Avanesyan’s manager, Neil Marsh, has vowed to secure his fighter another world title after his stunning knockout victory over Josh Kelly.
The Russian overwhelmed Kelly with a relentless onslaught in the sixth round of their European welterweight title clash on Saturday to claim another fight against one of the biggest names in the division.
Avanesyan lost points to Lamont Peterson in a WBA title fight in 2017, but Marsh believes the 32-year-old should earn a second opportunity after four successive stoppage wins.
“He deserves a chance for the world title and we want him. It’s up to Eddie [Hearn], “Marsh said Sky Sports. “Eddie has the platform.
“We deserve this opportunity, so I hope Eddie gives it to us.”
The 147-pound division is teeming with world-class talent, and pound-for-pound rivals Errol Spence Jr and Terence Crawford are among the current title holders.
Avanesyan’s victory over Kelly even created new speculation about an ever-improving Conor Benn fight.
But after three successful defenses from his European belt, Marsh would like to see Avanesyan come back to class, rather than risk losing momentum against another undefeated prospect.
“There are a lot of 147 fighters who are former world champions knocking on the door,” Marsh said.
“Eddie mentioned Shawn Porter and people like that. We would fight them, but I think he’ll be in the top five of all governing bodies now.
“If it’s not a world title I want a final eliminator, the kid deserves it. So if we get into a big fight in America, there is a price at the end because for me the work is almost finished with David.
“We’re knocking on the door, we don’t want to just give it away fighting another hope, although I would be confident in one of the 147 prospects in world boxing.
“These are banana peels, aren’t they?”
Promoter Eddie Hearn suggested this weekend that Avanesyan had propelled himself into contention for a fight against one of America’s stars.
“I think he should get a chance for the world title,” Hearn said. “Why don’t you see him up there fighting people like Shawn Porter.
“Terence Crawford is always looking for an opponent. Errol Spence, Danny Garcia. All these guys.”
A lengthy interview with Neil Marsh is on this week’s Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast.