The Fans' Corner - Avanesyan v Kelly Preview
As we near another action packed weekend of boxing, we take a look at the fight this weekend between Josh ‘Pretty boy’ Kelly and Russia’s David ‘Ava’ Avanesyan in a welterweight showdown for the EBU welterweight title at the Wembley arena.
Kelly comes into the fight with a record of 10-0-1, knocking 6 of his opponents out on the way and is coming off a unanimous decision win over Wiston Campos which was all the way back in December 2019, so ring rust could play a factor this Saturday. Kelly is an exciting fighter who has very explosive flair and speed and he has just over a 50% ko ratio which certainly suggests he has power in those hands of his but will all this be enough to trouble a warrior like Avanesyan?
In the opposing corner stands the defending EBU welterweight champion with an impressive record of 26-3-1 with 14 Ko’s along the way. Ranked 8th in the world (source boxrec), David also comes off a win but via KO against Jose del Rio. With this also being in December of 2019, Avanesyan also has the factor of having to deal with ring rust on Saturday night. Described by fellow welterweight Conor Benn as an “animal”, Avanesyan also has heavy hands and is not afraid to use it being the puncher is this affair. The question is will Avanesyan be able to land those power punches against the reflex fight that Kelly is. The reasoning behind ring rust of both fighters is due to the fact this is the 4th time this bout has rescheduled because of COVID-19. To be rescheduled so many times just shows how much both men want this fight which as fans we love to see as it’s a very intriguing matchup.
It’s certainly sink or swim time for Josh Kelly. If he wins this and it’s a big if then he goes into that world title picture and I hope he does do it. But I really can’t see a Kelly win happening due to Avanesyan being the monster he is with the raw power he has, but as we saw last weekend you can’t rule out an upset. Im going for an Avanesyan Round 6 KO.
Fred's Prediction: I believe Josh can get the job done this weekend. He's got through them challenges he's had in America and I reckon this is his time to step up a level. Avanesyan will be no easy contest though, being a former World Champion gives him the experience advantage but Josh always puts on a show and I'm looking forward to this cracker of a fight. Kelly by Decision.