Kavaliauskas-Avanesyan is ESPN Co-Feature To Beltran-Moses

By Ryan Burton has been advised that fast rising welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas (18-0) will take a big step up in class when he faces former WBA "regular" welterweight champion David Avanesyan (23-2-1) on February 16th in Reno, Nevada in the ESPN televised co-feature of the evening.

The 10-round fight was first reported by In the main event of the evening, Mexican veteran Ray Beltran will face Paulus Moses for the vacant WBO lightweight title.

The hard hitting Kavaliauskas, who is known as the Mean Machine and managed by well known manager Egis Klimas, went 3-0 last year with all three fights ending inside of the distance.

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In his last fight he captured the vacant NABF welterweight title with a seventh round TKO of Mahonry Montes at the Convention Center in Tuscon, Arizona.

Avanesyan, who has never been stopped or seriously hurt in his career, suffered his first career defeat in his second pro fight in July 2009 against Andrey Klimov.

He then went on a big win streak that brought him to a clash with Charlie Navarro in November 2015. Avanesyan picked up a ninth round TKO win to capture the WBA's interim-welterweight title in Monte Carlo.

The big win led to a May 2016 clash with future Hall of Famer "Sugar" Shane Mosley in Arizona. And Avanesyan boxed his way to a twelve round unanimous decision victory.

He was then elevated to the status of WBA "regular" welterweight champion and became the mandatory challenger to full champion Keith Thurman.

But he lost his title in his first defense last February, by way of a twelve round decision to Lamont Peterson at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati.

Avanesyan bounced back from the loss with a points victory over Serge Ambomo last month at the Imperial Banqueting Suite in Bilston.

2016 Olympians Shakur Stevenson (4-0) and Robson Conceicao (5-0) and heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings (21-2) are also expected to return to action on the card.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pigeons on 01-14-2018

[QUOTE=Mammoth;18406228]Kavaliauskas and Benevidez gonna get fed to Bud later[/QUOTE] Benavidez, Ponomarev, Kavaliauskas. Top Rank has a few undefeated prospects they can throw at Crawford while the PBC WWs fight each other. Sh*t that could be Crawford's 2019 after he fights…

Comment by Mammoth on 01-14-2018

Kavaliauskas and Benevidez gonna get fed to Bud later

Comment by Andre_parker1 on 01-14-2018

kavaliauskas can make a statement by stopping avanesyan

Comment by Pigeons on 01-13-2018

Kavaliauskas finally taking a step up.

Comment by OctoberRed on 01-13-2018

[QUOTE=The Conundrum;18404689]Beltran vs PAULUS MOSES. Not Moses Paulus ffs. Awful reporting. Paulus Moses is the former WBA lightweight world champion. Also challenged for the WBO title previously when he lost a lopsided decision to 3-weight division world champion Ricky Burns.[/QUOTE]…

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