vanesyan vs Kelly – LIVE!
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.
Avanesyan is a battle-hardened former WBA interim world champion who has previously fought the likes of “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Lamont Peterson, claiming the European belt against Kerman Lejarraga in September 2019.
David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly
Florian Marku vs Rylan Charlton
Robbie Davies Jr vs Gabriel Valenzuela
Johnny Fisher vs Matt Gordon
Jordan Gill vs Cesar Juarez
Follow Avanesyan vs Kelly with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…
Johnny Fisher debut
While Avanesyan-Kelly should truly be a fight to remember, there is also plenty of interest on tonight’s undercard.
Among the bouts is the eagerly-awaited professional debut of heavyweight prospect Johnny Fisher against Matt Gordon.
Standard Sport’s Matt Majendie interviewed the ‘Romford Bull’ earlier this week on how he switched his university dissertation for a life-changing Las Vegas trip…
Hearn: This feels like a world title fight
Here’s what Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn had to say about Avanesyan-Kelly at Friday’s lively weigh-in…
“The European title is on the line but it feels much bigger than that,” he told Sky. “It feels like a world title fight.
“Team Kelly believe they are going to take Avanesyan out early. I think Kelly will start really fast, really sharp, his reflexes will be on point.
“We’ve never seen him look like that on the scales. Part of that is preparation, part is fear. Kelly is the bigger man but Avanesyan can punch.
“The first six rounds for Avanesyan will be hard work. Their plan will be to take Kelly into the trenches.”
Conor Benn will be at ringside at The SSE Arena tonight, providing his insight for Sky Sports.
He wants the winner of Avanesyan-Kelly, providing he comes through his next fight – a WBA Continental (Europe) welterweight title clash against Samuel Vargas in London on April 10.
Avanesyan vs Kelly card in full
David Avanesyan vs Josh Kelly (for European welterweight title)
Florian Marku vs Rylan Charlton (10-round welterweight fight)
Robbie Davies Jr vs Gabriel Valenzuela (for IBF Intercontinental super-lightweight title)
Johnny Fisher vs Matt Gordon (Six-round heavyweight fight)
Jordan Gill vs Cesar Juarez (for WBA International featherweight title)
Avanesyan vs Kelly betting odds
Draw: Between 14/1 & 15/1
Kelly to win via decision: 7/5
Odds via Betfair Exchange (subject to change).
Avanesyan vs Kelly prediction
This is a really intriguing contest that has been a long time in the making – the pair were due to lock horns in 2018 before the Covid-19 pandemic then put paid to a potential clash in 2020.
The inevitable pre-fight fireworks – who can forget Adam Booth being offered a rose by Avanesyan’s camp last year – should hopefully be matched in the ring, where Kelly will be hoping to silence those growing critics of his style – a list that includes domestic rival Conor Benn – and move on to bigger and better things… potentially a bout with Vergil Ortiz Jr?
The hard-hitting Avanesyan, meanwhile, will know he must win on Saturday to have any chance of a return to world title contention.
Kelly has predicted a stoppage, though we think he will end up taking the European belt on points.
How to watch Avanesyan vs Kelly
TV channel: The Avanesyan vs Kelly card is being broadcast live on Sky Sports, with coverage beginning on Sky Sports Arena at 7pm before Main Event picks up the show at 8:30pm.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers can also stream the event live online via SkyGo.
What time does Avanesyan vs Kelly start?
Avanesyan vs Kelly is scheduled to take place tonight, Saturday, February 20, 2021 at The SSE Arena, Wembley.
As always, the timing of the ring walks for the main event will depend on the length of the undercard bouts, though it is anticipated that the headline fight of the evening will not get under way until at least 10pm GMT.
The televised undercard will start at around 7pm and we’ll have regular updates throughout!
Hello and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE boxing coverage.
Seven days on from Josh Warrington’s shock stoppage defeat by Mauricio Lara, we are back at The SSE Arena, Wembley for what should be a real war between David Avanesyan and Josh Kelly.
This European welterweight title fight is three years in the making – will it live up to its huge hype?
There’s also plenty of undercard action to get excited about, including a scrap between welterweight rivals Florian Marku and Rylan Charlton plus a pro debut for exciting heavyweight prospect Johnny Fisher.