Thurman Might Make Mandatory Defense Against Avanesyan Next

By Keith Idec

NEW YORK – Keith Thurman made it clear that the fights that interest him most are a welterweight championship unification fight against Danny Garcia and a rematch against Shawn Porter.

Unfortunately for Thurman (27-0, 22 KOs) and fight fans, the most likely opponent for the Clearwater, Florida, native’s next fight is David Avanesyan. The WBA has ruled that Russia’s Avanesyan, its interim 147-pound champion, is the mandatory challenger for Thurman’s WBA world welterweight title.

“Everyone’s talking about what’s next, what’s next, what’s next,” Thurman said following his fan-friendly, unanimous-decision victory over Porter (26-2-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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“Obviously, we’ve got to sit down and talk to [adviser] Al [Haymon]. Outside of that, there’s definitely potential for a possible rematch. I’ve got to look over this WBA-issued mandatory that was talked about way prior [to Saturday night]. So we’ll see what happens in the future. But if the fans want [a rematch], the fans will most likely get it.”

The 27-year-old Avanesyan (22-1-1, 11 KOs) won the WBA’s interim welterweight title when he knocked out Venezuela’s Charlie Navarro (25-9, 20 KOs) in the ninth round November 7 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. He defended it by beating 44-year-old Shane Mosley (49-10-1, 41 KOs, 1 NC) by unanimous decision in their 12-rounder May 28 in Glendale, Arizona.

Keith Idec covers boxing for The Record and Herald News, of Woodland Park, N.J., and He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by BoxingFan85 on 06-29-2016

[QUOTE=-PBP-;16826859]No it doesn't. Garcia can fight a top guy in August/September then Berto. Maybe put Garcia/Berto and Thurman/this dude on the same card and have them fight in the spring.[/QUOTE] I like the way you think, but tbh you are…

Comment by SilverMiles on 06-29-2016

Decent fight. David earned his shot and isn't that bad.

Comment by -PBP- on 06-29-2016

[QUOTE=BoxingFan85;16826085]Well the Thurman vs Garcia fight happening next year goes out of the window if Garcia fights a top 5 guy.. Surely he won't fight top guys back 2 back.. & considering that these guys fight just 2 times a…

Comment by Jsmooth9876 on 06-29-2016

The guy deserves a shot, he beat Shane Mosely...oh fk wait, it's 2016 and Shane hasn't won a meaningful fight in like 6 years... Keep up the great work Belt organizations !!!! And how about the 2 desperate GGG haters…

Comment by TheCell8 on 06-29-2016

Avanesyan vs. Thurman, Khan vs. Garcia and the winners meet.

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