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David Avanesyan hopeful of landing Josh Taylor fight, says manager

Avanesyan keen to face Taylor

David Avanesyan is open to a fight against Josh Taylor, his manager Neil Marsh has said Photo Credit: Stephen Dunkley/Queensberry Promotions/Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images
David Avanesyan is open to a fight against Josh Taylor, his manager Neil Marsh has said Photo Credit: Stephen Dunkley/Queensberry Promotions/Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images

David Avanesyan is keen to fight Josh Taylor and is willing to face the former undisputed super lightweight champion in Scotland, his manager Neil Marsh has revealed.

Avanesyan is ranked at four with the WBC at welterweight just behind Taylor who is rated at three, in the race to face world champion, Terence Crawford.

It remains unclear whether ‘The Tartan Tornado’, who lost his WBO super lightweight crown to Teofimo Lopez in June, will remain at the weight or move up to 147lbs.

Nevertheless, Avanesyan is willing to challenge the 33-year-old in his backyard if the opportunity arises.

“We are very grateful to the WBC for respecting David’s ability,” Marsh told proboxing-fans.com.

Taylor lost his world title to Lopez in June Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Taylor lost his world title to Lopez in June Photo Credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

“Hopefully we would love an eliminator or something.

“Why not Josh Taylor or something?

“He is highly ranked, but as always David will take any challenger on as long as it’s right.”

Avanesyan was halted by Crawford last December Photo Credit: Tom Hogan/BLK Prime
Avanesyan was halted by Crawford last December Photo Credit: Tom Hogan/BLK Prime

The 35-year-old built up a fearsome reputation as a knockout artist after successive victories over Kerman Lejarraga to take the European strap before, dispatching of Josh Kelly in six rounds in 2021.

Avanesyan earned a dream shot at Crawford last December, halted by the superb American in six rounds.

The former European champion bounced back from defeat with a fourth round retirement win over Serge Ambomo in December and despite a career-long stint at welterweight, he is open to a move up to super welterweight, according to Marsh.

Taylor though is in discussions to secure a long-awaited rematch with Jack Catterall, almost two years removed from his controversial split decision win over the Chorley man.

“Hopefully, that’s the one we’re trying to get done,” Taylor told BBC Scotland.

“I just want to shut a lot of people up and put that bad performance [against Catterall] to bed, and put that doubt to bed.

Taylor says he is open to a rematch with Catterall Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images
Taylor says he is open to a rematch with Catterall Photo Credit: Mikey Williams / Top Rank via Getty Images

“They did put in an offer but my promoters didn’t put it to me. They said ‘we’ve had an offer and said no’. They told me it was just about an 80% pay cut.

“They came back with another offer which was essentially the same offer but taking away the American rights. Which means they were giving me the same money but my promoter would have to put in the rest of the money for their show.

“I just want to fight. And Eddie Hearn is in interviews saying it’s a big fight, a huge fight. So it’s like you’ve got to be realistic about what you’re going to pay the fighters.

“I’m waiting for all that to be sorted out. I really want to get that one done first and see what’s happening with fights further down the line.”

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