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Kavaliauskas: My Draw With Ray Robinson Was 'Bullsh-t'

NEW YORK – He didn’t even win his last fight.

That’s the most common complaint among those disinterested in Terence Crawford’s welterweight title defense against Egidjius Kavaliauskas. In his previous appearance, Kavaliauskas settled for a 10-round majority draw with Ray Robinson.

The Lithuanian contender still hasn’t been beaten as a professional. The WBO kept Kavaliauskas as its mandatory challenger for Crawford’s crown because he didn’t lose to Robinson.

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Kavaliauskas acknowledged that he wasn’t at his best when he boxed Robinson. The fighter nicknamed “Mean Machine” still couldn’t believe one judge scored their fight for Robinson (97-93) and the other two had it even (95-95, 95-95) on March 30 at 2300 Arena in Philadelphia.

“The word in my head was bullsh-t,” Kavaliauskas told before a press conference Wednesday at Madison Square Garden. “I knew I won the fight because how can you win the fight if you just try to survive and try to run in all the rounds? Yeah, it was upsetting, and I was kind of sad from that fight. But that fight has already passed, so I’m not looking back, I’m looking forward.”

Promoter Bob Arum’s matchmakers put Kavaliauskas in the ring against Robinson (24-3-2, 12 KOs) because they wanted to learn how he’d fare facing a southpaw. Crawford technically is an orthodox boxer, but the Omaha, Nebraska, native fights from a southpaw stance most of the time.

The 31-year-old Kavaliauskas (21-0-1, 17 KOs) will challenge Crawford (35-0, 26 KOs) on Saturday night in the main event of a seven-fight card at Madison Square Garden (ESPN; 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT).

CompuBox credited Kavaliauskas with landing 18 more overall punches than Robinson (88-of-432 to 70-of-527). CompuBox counted more power punches for Kavaliauskas (61-of-191 to 41-of-129) and a couple more jabs for Robinson (29-of-398 to 27-of-241).

“I didn’t think the other guy would be so crafty in the ring,” Kavaliauskas said. “He was just running and moving in the ring. That was not my best performance in that fight, yeah. But we learned that some guys will run. They’re not gonna go and fight with me because they know that I have power. So, guys will run and I need to chop them down, little by little, step by step, round by round, not just try to go there. Crawford’s a great champion. He’s not gonna run. He’s gonna fight with me.”

Crawford hasn’t seen the Kavaliauskas-Robinson bout, thus he couldn’t offer an opinion on who won. Nevertheless, Kavaliauskas doesn’t think Crawford is overlooking him because he fought to a draw with Robinson, who has been stopped by Yordenis Ugas.

“I don’t think he’s underestimating me,” Kavaliauskas said. “That’s why he’s a great champion, because when he looks at his opponents, he’s 100-percent focusing on them. He gets ready for all his opponents, so I think he will be 110-percent ready for me.”

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

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by tjones1989 on 12-14-2019

Robinson taxed that azz; what this dude smokin?

Comment by bballchump11 on 12-14-2019

I can't wait to never hear about mean machine again after tonight

Comment by ceylon mooney on 12-14-2019

[QUOTE=sicko;20254711]Yeah It Was... You F#cking Lost and Ray Robinson should've gotten the Decision just like he should've gotten the Decision over Josh Kelly but I get it. People are not invested into Ray Robinson like Top Rank are invested in…

Comment by ceylon mooney on 12-14-2019

it was bull****? u actually sayin ray won it? dam cuz!

Comment by famicommander on 12-14-2019

I scored that fight for Robinson.

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