Kavaliauskas Knocks Out Arriaza In Third; Wants Crawford Next

By Keith Idec

Egidijus Kavaliauskas took another step toward securing a shot at Terence Crawford on Friday night.

Lithuania’s Kavaliauskas knocked out Roberto Arriaza in the third round of their scheduled 10-round WBO welterweight elimination match in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. With Crawford seated at ringside, the 30-year-old Kavaliauskas improved to 21-0 and recorded his 17th knockout on the Maurice Hooker-Alex Saucedo undercard at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Kavaliauskas’ knockout caused controversy in the ring afterward because the undefeated contender clearly hit Nicaragua’s Arriaza when he was down.

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A right hand by Kavaliauskas connected to the side of Arriaza’s head and sent him to one knee with six seconds to go in the third round. Kavaliauskas also hit Arriaza with a left hand when Arriaza was down, but referee Gerald Ritter didn’t call it a foul.

A dazed Arriaza didn’t attempt to get up and Ritter counted to 10. The official time of the stoppage was exactly three minutes of the third round.

Arriaza landed a counter left hand late in the second round that appeared to open a cut over Kavaliauskas’ right eye. Kavaliauskas bled badly from that cut in the second and third rounds.

Kavaliauskas caught Arriaza with a right-left combination with just under 50 seconds to go in the first round. Kavaliauskas spent much of those first three minutes moving backward, as Arriaza pressured him, yet couldn’t land many effective punches.

Despite hitting the previously unbeaten Arriaza when he was down, Kavaliauskas was more impressive against an unknown yet dangerous puncher than he was during his previous appearance. Kavaliauskas won that bout by unanimous decision, but looked ordinary during that 10-round victory over the Dominican Republic’s Juan Carlos Abreu (21-4-1, 19 KOs) on July 7 in Fresno, California.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by DramaShow on 11-17-2018

[QUOTE=JakeTheBoxer;19278346]Stop hating and dreaming about Spence -Crawford, you shouldn`t live in phantasy world. It`s a real world. We have 4 organizations for reason.[/QUOTE] The only people preventing that fight are spence and crawford.

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 11-17-2018

[QUOTE=DramaShow;19278339]Hes not a legit opponent[/QUOTE] Stop hating and dreaming about Spence -Crawford, you shouldn`t live in phantasy world. It`s a real world. We have 4 organizations for reason.

Comment by DramaShow on 11-17-2018

[QUOTE=AdonisCreed;19277945]Crawford is in the same boat with Spence nobody but lower level guys will fight him.[/QUOTE] Heres a thought, why don't they fight each other?

Comment by DramaShow on 11-17-2018

[QUOTE=JakeTheBoxer;19278245]Kavaliauskas is top 10 by The Ring, so, legit opponent for Crawford.[/QUOTE] Hes not a legit opponent

Comment by Koba-Grozny on 11-17-2018

[QUOTE=Bardamu;19277983]This Kavwhatever would normally be an acceptable opponent. But for a supposed p4p fighter, who is 31, is coming off fighting a cripple, and whose best win thus far is Postol... Considering Bummed is 31 and has never fought an…

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