David Avanesyan training in Newark as he prepares for world title fight against Terrance Crawford in Omaha, Nebraska

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The Carl Greaves-trained fighter, David Avanesyan, has been given a shot at the WBO world championship title against Terrance Crawford in Omaha Nebraska.

The fight which will take place in Crawford’s home town will go ahead on December 10 and sees Newark-based fighter, Avanesyan up against the current world champion.

It is huge news for everyone at the Newark-based gym Greaves recently set up at Anytime Fitness on Lombard Street where there is a contagious sense of excitement.

Many consider Crawford to be the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world and this will be a huge challenge for the Armenian fighter.

“This is the biggest thing I have been involved in. Nothing compares to fighting the pound-for-pound champion,” said Greaves, who has had a busy few months with the opening of the gym and signing a plethora of new talent to his stable.

Greaves in Avanesyan's corner
Greaves in Avanesyan’s corner

Avanesyan currently has 33 fights with 29 wins and 17 knockouts.

He has previously defeated decorated former world champion Shane Moseley and secured an excellent victory over Josh Kelly.

Avanesyan is known for his power and aggression.

“He is a hungry fighter, he is starving, he is in the form of his life,” said Avanesyan’s manager, Neil Marsh on the Blue Blood Sports podcast.

“We are not phased by fighting in Crawford’s hometown.

“We are not phased because we are an experienced team who have been together for seven years.

“We have been in the away column in London, in the away column in Barcelona, in Bilbao twice.

“We’ve been in Arizona, Cincinnati, Reno — Nevada.

“We couldn’t care less whether it’s in Nebraska, Las Vegas, or Armenia.

“One thing we have learned as a team is it is one boxing ring and two men and that is all it comes down to — who turns up on the night.”

Crawford, who is in line to fight Errol Spence to unify the titles next year, is the favourite in the upcoming fight.

Crawford is currently undefeated in 38 fights winning 29 by knockout.

The welterweight champion has long arms for the weightclass and is capable of fighting with power from both hands.

Crawford is able to switch between orthodox and southpaw stances throughout a fight.

Marsh said anyone who thinks this will be an easy fight for Crawford is sadly mistaken as they will find out on the night.

He said Avanesyan would be looking for a knockout.

“We are either going to knock him clean out or we will end up on our back,” he said.

“We are going to give it everything.

“David is not scared of being knocked out and we are going to throw the kitchen sink at Terrance.

“We are not going to the scorecards. I am confident David can do a lot of damage on Terrance. It will be a high tempo fight with high intensity.

Marsh said Avanesyan is extremely fit at the moment, and it is his time.

“We are under no illusions, this is a massive task for us but David is in the form of his career,” said Greaves.

“He has six stoppages on the trot, he hasn’t been beaten in four and a half years. He is in peak condition and we are very confident of causing an upset. If David pulls this off, a victory will ensure that David is a boxing superstar and it will set him up for life.”

Avanesyan is determined to cause an upset. Image supplied by Carl Greaves (60389248)
Avanesyan is determined to cause an upset. Image supplied by Carl Greaves (60389248)

Avanesyan has been training hard in Greaves’s Newark gym for weeks and has recently been sparring.

Greaves said that Avanesyan is excelling in training and their programme is progressing well.

“David’s manager Neil Marsh and promoter Frank Warren have worked tirelessly to get David the opportunity and we are absolutely delighted.

“I’ve been involved in boxing since I was nine and I have been in some massive fights. For a lad from Newark, this is the culmination of a lot of hard work.”