osh Kelly will be looking to win the European welterweight title when he competes against David Avanesyan in London tonight

The undefeated Sunderland fighter and Olympic champion of 2016, 26, previously held the belts of Commonwealth and WBA International, but is now facing the toughest test of his fledgling professional career at the SSE Arena in Wembley

As a bronze medalist at the 2015 European Championships in Baku, the amateur talent Kelly has won 10: 0: 1 in his eleven fights since his professional career in 2017 The only minor setback was a majority withdrawal from American veteran Ray Robinson over Anthony Joshua’s loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in New York in 2019

“Pretty Boy” has only fought once since that night at Madison Square Garden, dominating Winston Campos on his way to a comfortable points win in Phoenix in December of that year

Kelly’s first fight in 14 months is a clear step against Russian Avanesyan, who has held European gold since defeating Kerman Lejarraga in 2019 and then defends it against the Spaniard and his successful compatriot Jose Del in two consecutive stops Rio

The 32-year-old is a veteran activist who previously served as WBA interim welterweight champion after conspicuously defeating Shane Mosley in the final bout of Sugar’s illustrious career

Avanesyan – whose career record is 26-3-1 – followed this career-best triumph in 2016 by challenging Lamont Peterson for the regular WBA belt despite losing to a decision

On the undercard, welterweight prospectus Florian Marku will be hoping to bounce back from his controversial draw with Jamie Stewart in the fight against Rylan Charlton, while former British, Commonwealth and European super-lightweight champion Robbie Davies Jr Intercontinental superlight belt fights against Mexican Gabriel Valenzuela for the IBF

Mighty heavyweight expert Johnny Fisher makes his pro debut against Matt Gordon while Jordan Gill meets former world super bantamweight title challenger Cesar Juarez for the WBA International featherweight belt

Avanesyan vs Kelly is expected to play on Saturday 20th February 2021 at the SSE Arena in Wembley

As always, the timing of the ring walks for the main event will depend on the length of these undercard bouts, although the headline bout of the evening is not expected to begin until at least 10 p.m. GMT

The tradeoffs took place on Friday, and neither Kelly nor Avanesyan had any problems gaining weight

TV Channel: The Avanesyan vs Kelly map will be broadcast live on Sky Sports The coverage begins at 7 p.m. in the Sky Sports Arena before the main event picks up the show at 8:30 p.m.

This is a really fascinating competition that has long been in development – the two were scheduled to lock their horns in 2018 before the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic led to a possible clash

The inevitable pre-fight fireworks display – which may forget that Adam Booth was offered a rose from Avanesyan’s lair last year – should hopefully fit into the ring in which Kelly will hope to silence growing critics of his style – a list that includes domestic rival Conor Benn – and goes on to bigger and better things, possibly a fight with Vergil Ortiz Jr?

The hard hitting Avanesyan, meanwhile, will know that he has to win on Saturday to have a chance of a return to the world title

Kelly has predicted a hiatus, although we believe he will end up pulling the European belt on points

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn told Sky Sports on Friday about the fight: “The European title is at stake but it feels a lot bigger. It feels like a world title fight

“Team Kelly thinks they’re going to take Avanesyan out early. I think Kelly will start very quickly, very sharp, his reflexes will get to the point

“We’ve never seen him on the scales like this. Part of it is preparation, part of it is fear Kelly is the bigger man, but Avanesyan can beat

“The first six rounds for Avanesyan will be hard work. Your plan will be to get Kelly into the trenches”

Josh Kelly

World News – GB – Avanesyan v Kelly: Prediction, undercard, ring walk and how to watch

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