Former WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan is closing in on another high-profile Stateside adventure on February 16 in Reno.
The Neil Marsh-managed Russian, who claimed the world title by defeating boxing legend Shane Mosley in 2016 before dropping it to Lamont Peterson, is hoping to fill the spot opposite Lithuanian puncher Egidijus Kavaliauskas next month.
WBN understands talks are at an advanced stage and the clash could be confirmed in the coming days should both sides reach a final agreement.
If the contest should get over the line, Avanesyan v Kavaliauskas would co-feature on the vacant WBO lightweight championship encounter between Ray Beltran and Paulus Moses.
Terry Flanagan’s decision to vacate the 135 pound strap led to Beltran and Moses being put forward to contest the Briton’s old title.
Beltran v Moses tops the Reno-Sparks Convention Center in an event to be broadcast on ESPN, backed up by a heavyweight clash between former world title challenger Bryant Jennings facing off against Akhror Muralimov.
Also scheduled to make an appearance on the card are Rio 2016 Olympic standouts Shakur Stevenson and Robson Conceicao, both of whom are undefeated in four and five bouts respectively.
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