Confirmed: Avanesyan faces Kavaliauskas on ESPN Feb 16, Beltran v Moses co-feature

WBN 11/01/2018

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In a swift development for WBA welterweight champion David Avanesyan, the Russian is set for another high-profile Stateside adventure on February 16 in Reno.

The Neil Marsh-managed 29 year-old, who claimed the world title by defeating boxing legend Shane Mosley in 2016 before dropping it to Lamont Peterson, will attempt to end Lithuanian puncher Egidijus Kavaliauskas’ undefeated run next month.

As WBN outlined on Wednesday, talks were at an advanced stage, but the clash has now been confirmed after both sides reached a final agreement.

Manager Marsh told WBN: “I’d just like to thank Top Rank for the opportunity David has been craving and being so easy to deal with.

“David is hungrier than ever and I’m sure with this great United States coverage he will come back with a bang. I’d also like to thank the rest of team as we look forward to another big fight Stateside.”

Avanesyan v Kavaliauskas sits alongside the vacant WBO lightweight championship encounter between Ray Beltran and Paulus Moses sanctioned last month.

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. 

Top Rank have made an impressive start working alongside ESPN since joining forces in August 2017.