A world title opportunity was the furthest thing from David Avanesyan’s mind. Sure, the 34-year-old successfully rebuilt his career following a sixth-round stoppage defeat at the hands of Egidijus Kavaliauskas but with Terence Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs) and Errol Spence Jr. seemingly on a collision course, the rest of the division was forced to play the waiting game.
In the midst of twiddling his thumbs, Avanesyan (29-3-1, 17 KOs) was given an unexpected call. On the other line, representatives from team Crawford offered him the opportunity of a lifetime. Unwilling to waste much time, Avanesyan quickly accepted the pound-for-pound star's offer. Now, with both parties crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s, the pair will officially square off on the 10th of December in Crawford’s hometown of Omaha, Nebraska.
While his chances of pulling off the victory are viewed as minuscule, the Russian product is anxious to make his doubters eat their words.
“On December 10th, you’ll see how David Avanesyan beat Terence Crawford,” said Avanesyan to Pro Boxing Fans.
Crawford, 35, has built what appears to be a Hall of Fame resume over the course of approximately a decade and a half. Most recently, the switch-hitting star recorded his ninth consecutive stoppage victory, doing so at the expense of Shawn Porter.
Although Crawford’s career continues upward in trajectory, Avanesyan has experienced several peaks and valleys. With three losses and one draw saddled to his record, a win against one of boxing’s premier stars is likely to change the fringe contender’s pugilistic life.
Considering the stakes, Avanesyan, admittedly, is grateful for the position he currently occupies. Still, while he’ll happily take center stage, Avanesyan isn't satisfied with simply being an innocuous spectator come fight night.
“This is big chance, big fight, I’m happy. I give everything 100%. I need to win this fight.”