The European welterweight title is on the line tonight as Josh Kelly takes a big step up and finally challenges champion David Avanesyan in a long-awaited clash at London’s SSE Arena, Wembley.
This bout is three years in the making and there is plenty of excitement regarding what should be an absolute cracker of a main event.
Undefeated 2016 Olympian Kelly is stepping back into the ring for the first time since December 2019, when he bounced back from his draw with Ray Robinson by outpointing Wiston Campos.
Josh ‘Pretty Boy’ Kelly will be looking to extend his unbeaten record and claim the European welterweight title when he faces David Avanesyan tonight.
Eddie Hearn says he thinks Josh Kelly will come flying out the gates immediately on Saturday, looking to knockout EBU welterweight champion David Avanesyan right away.Hearn feels that the added muscle that Kelly (10-0-1, 6 KOs) has put on for this fight will make him come after Avanesyan (26-3-1, 14 KOs) to beat him at his own game.
Davies Jr vs Valenzuela
Also on tonight’s card, Robbie Davies Jr steps back into the ring for the second time since his gruelling defeat to Lewis Ritson in Newcastle in October 2019.
The Liverpool super-lightweight meets Gabriel Valenzuela, looking to avoid following Josh Warrington as the second British fighter to fall victim to a little-known Mexican opponent in the space of seven days.
That bout is for the IBF Intercontinental title.
Kelly has not be in the ring for over the year due to COVID-19 lockdown.
His last bout saw him beat Wiston Campos in Phoenix, Arizona.
The 26-year-old is now set to take a step up and face Avanesyan as he eyes a big breakthrough year in 2021.
Avanesyan beat Jose Del Rio in December 2019 to retain his European crown and should prove a tough test for Kelly.
Kelly vs Avanesyan: Date and how to watch
This 12-round welterweight bout will take place on Saturday, February 20 and is being held at the Wembley Arena in London.
The ring walks are expected from 10pm UK time but that will depend on the undercard results.
The night’s action will be shown on Sky Sports Arena from 7pm and on Sky Sports Main Event from 10pm.
Sky Sports customers can live stream this via the Sky app using mobile, tablet or computer devices.
If not, you can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £9.99.
Kelly vs Avanesyan: Undercard
- Josh Kelly vs David Avanesyan – for European Welterweight Title
- Robbie Davies Jnr vs Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela – for vacant IBF Inter-Continental Super Lightweight Title
- Jordan Gill vs Cesar Juarez – for vacant WBA International Featherweight Title
- Florian Marku vs Rylan Charlton
- Johnny Fisher vs Matt Gordon
Kelly vs Avanesyan: Tale of the tape
Josh Kelly – David Avanesyan
Nationality: British – Russian
Age: 26 – 32
Height: 5ft 10 – 5ft 8
Reach: 70” – 68”
Stance: Orthodox – Orthodox
Record: 10/0/1 – 26/3/1
KOs: 6 – 14
Rounds: 67 – 195
Debut: 15/4/2017 – 12/6/2009
Last fight: Beat Wiston Campos – beat Jose del Rio
Kelly vs Avanesyan: What’s been said
Josh Kelly: “It’s time to prove everyone wrong. It’s time to prove that what I know is right.
“Mentally it’s down to me. I know where I’m at.
“Pure excitement, I can’t wait. I’ve had a smile on my face for weeks knowing this fight was coming.
“I’ve got ingredients that I’ve added that I will show on Saturday. I believe a stoppage win is coming.
“I genuinely believe that when I punch him, he’ll find out what power I’ve got, and he’ll start doubting the forward pressure that will so-called put on.
“I’ve got a good premonition, I have good energy. Everything is on point.”