David Avanesyan deserves to receive another fight for the world title after beating Josh Kelly, says manager Neil Marsh | Boxing News

“He deserved a shot for the world title and we want that. We deserve a chance”; David Avanesyan manager Neil Marsh has already contacted governing bodies to establish a fight against one of the champions.

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David Avanesyan could receive a world title shot after a win over Josh Kelly

David Avanesyan could receive a world title shot after a win over Josh Kelly

David Avanesyan manager Neil Marsh has vowed to secure his fighter another world title shot after his stunning knockout victory over Josh Kelly.

The Russian defeated Kelly on Saturday with a relentless attack in the sixth round of their European welterweight bout to claim another fight against one of the division’s biggest names.

Avanesyan suffered a point loss from Lamont Peterson in the 2017 WBA title fight, but Marsh believes the 32-year-old should earn a second chance after four consecutive stop wins.

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Avanesyana has an exciting future ahead, says promoter Eddie Hearn

Avanesyana has an exciting future ahead, says promoter Eddie Hearn

“He deserved a shot for the world title and we want that. It’s all up to Eddie [Hearn]”Marsh said Sky Sports. “Eddie got a platform.

“We deserve that opportunity so we hope Eddie will give it to us.”

The 147-pound division is full of world-class talent, and pound-for-pound rivals Errol Spence Jr. and Terence Crawford are among the current title holders.

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The Russian planted Kelly twice to stop the sixth round

The Russian planted Kelly twice to stop the sixth round

Avanesyan’s victory over Kelly created even new speculation about a fight against the ever-improving Conor Benn.

But after three successful defenses of his European belt, Marsh would love to see Avanesyan progress again in class, instead of risking losing momentum against a new undefeated prospect.

“There are a lot of 147 fighters who are former world champions and are knocking on doors,” Marsh said.

“Eddie mentioned Shawn Porter and people like that. We would fight them, but I think he will now be among the top five in all the governing bodies.

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Avanesyan says his waivers paid off in a performance against Kelly

Avanesyan says his waivers paid off in a performance against Kelly

“If it’s not a world title, I want the final eliminator, the kid deserves it. So if we’re going to a big fight in America, it’s the reward in the end, because for me, the job is almost done with David.

“We knock on doors, we don’t just want to give them away by fighting a new perspective, although I would be sure of any of the 147 world boxing perspectives.

“Those are banana skins, aren’t they.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn suggested over the weekend that Avanesyan had forced himself to fight one of the American stars.

“I believe you should get a kick for the world title,” Hearn said. “Why wouldn’t I see him upstairs fighting Shawn Porter.

“Terence Crawford is looking for an opponent all the time. Errol Spence, Danny Garcia. All these guys.”

An extended interview with Neil Marsh can be found on this week’s Ringside Toe 2 Toe podcast.

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