Boxing Fight: “It’s not a risky fight. Of course, he’d go all-in on Conor Benn “If David Avanesyan wins his European title with a win against Liam Taylor on October 2, he will face the British contender next.
According to the Russian’s manager Neil Marsh, European champion David Avanesyan is “levels above” Conor Benn and would “100%” take that fight next.
Benn won by a big margin over Adrian Granados in Leeds last weekend, extending his unbeaten record to 19 wins.
After knocking out another British challenger Josh Kelly, Avanesyan defends his European welterweight title on October 2 and would love a future fight with Benn.
Neil Marsh, Avanesyan’s manager, told Sky Sports, “I don’t want to insult Conor.”
“He’s come a long way, in my opinion. I simply believe that certain people are hyping him up and applying unnecessary strain to the young man’s shoulders.
“He’s well-liked, has a popular style, and is still a work in progress. We hold him in high regard.
“Allowing the child to develop more quietly is a good idea.
“David is a truly rough man who is willing to fight anyone. If I say to you, ‘Would you like to fight Conor Benn?’ Yes!’
“No offence to Conor, but David is a cut above him. Conor is coming closer, but David is currently in a class of his own. It’s not a risky fight. Of course, he’d go all-in on Conor Benn.”
Kelly’s sixth-round stoppage by Avanesyan put an end to plans for a home showdown between the Sunderland man and Benn.
However, Marsh has cast doubt on whether Benn will fight Avanesyan instead.
“Josh Kelly was annihilated by David. Josh isn’t being disrespectful. They made a tremendous mistake by thinking they had David Avanesyan at the right place at the right time. They received the hungriest David Avanesyan a combatant has ever seen.
“I don’t think [Benn] will be enticed by a world title. It’s just not something they’d be interested in. There is no more to say.
“David asserts unequivocally that he is a proud European champion, and that anyone who wants the title must take it from me in the ring. Nobody will be able to challenge me for my European title without defeating me.”
Avanesyan was linked to a WBO title bout with Terence Crawford, but Crawford will instead face mandatory challenger Shawn Porter, with a date and venue to be determined.
In 2017, Avanesyan lost a WBA title fight to Lamont Peterson on points, but Marsh is hopeful that a win over Liam Taylor next month will keep the 33-year-old on a collision course with the division’s champions.
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