Josh Kelly vs David Avanesyan: What time is the fight and when are the ring walks?

Josh Kelly meets David Avanesyan for the European title on Saturday

Josh Kelly and David Avanesyan are primed for battle with the European welterweight title on the line at Wembley Arena tonight.

The fighters made weight and looked excellent on the scales in doing so with the challenger bang on 146 pounds and the champion slightly heavier at 146.4 pounds.

Both fighters have not hidden their desire to finally get it on tonight after a lengthy wait since the fight was initially rescheduled last year, with Covid spoiling both fighters’ plans to make progress in their journeys towards a world title shot in one of boxing’s premier divisions, which currently contains Errol Spence Jr, Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao.

Kelly has the potential to do his part in setting up a mouth-watering all-British fight with Conor Benn down the road. The Russian, who has two impressive wins over Kerman Lejarraga, has the better experience heading into this contest. Kelly admits he must reach a “new level” that fans are yet to see in his young career so far.

There has been a war of words between the camps, adding extra spice to this contest, which backs up Matchroom’s first card back at Wembley Arena last weekend when Josh Warrington was stunned by Mauricio Lara.

Kelly, under the guidance of trainer Adam Booth, has revealed he has a “premonition” and “good energy” heading into this contest, which ends a 14-month spell out of the ring.

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Check out the rest of the card below, which includes a potentially explosive meeting between Florian Marku and Rylan Charlton, also at 147 pounds.

Eddie Hearn confirmed on Wednesday that both fighters tested negative for Covid-19 in the fight bubble, clearing one of the final hurdles to the fight going ahead.

Here is everything you need to know about the fight:

When and where is the fight?

The fight is at Wembley Arena, London on Saturday, 20 February, with the undercard starting at 7pm GMT and the main event will follow expected ring walks at 10pm GMT.

David Avanesyan defends his European title against Josh Kelly on Saturday

How can I watch the fight?

In the U.K. and Ireland, Avanesyan vs. Kelly will air on Sky Sports Arena, the headline bout will be added to Sky Sports Main Event too. You can therefore catch a live stream of the card and main event through the Sky Go app, or if you’re not a subscriber, stream the action through NowTV.

Everywhere else in the world (except Australia and New Zealand), DAZN is the platform to watch the fights through a live stream, more information on subscriptions can be found here.

Tale of the tape

Kelly

Avanesyan

Age

26

32

Months since last fight

14

14

Height

5 ft 10in

5 ft 8in

Official weight (pounds)

146

146.4

Reach

72’

69’

Pro record

10-0-1

26-3-1

Knockouts

6 KOs

14 KOs

Odds

Via Betfair

Outright

Kelly: 4/6

Draw: 16/1

Avanesyan: 6/5

Method of victory

Kelly KO/TKO or DQ: 7/2

Kelly by Decision/Technical Decision: 7/5

Avanesyan by KO/TKO or DQ: 21/10

Avanesyan by Decision/Technical Decision: 9/2

Full card

  • David Avanesyan vs. Josh Kelly – European welterweight title
  • Robbie Davies Jr. vs. Gabriel Gollaz Valenzuela – 10 rounds, junior welterweight
  • Florian Marku vs. Rylan Charlton – 10 rounds, welterweight
  • Johnny Fisher vs. Matt Gordon – 6 rounds, heavyweight
  • Jordan Gill vs. Cesar Juarez -10 rounds, featherweight

Kelly on Avanesyan

“I’ve got great respect for David, and I’ll just echo what he said, family and health is the most important thing.

“We’ve got to get a job done on Saturday. It’s my main aim in 2021 to start off with this European Title. I’ve stepped up to levels that I couldn’t even imagine I could do in the gym.

“I thought last time I was ready, but Covid came and it got cancelled. I was nowhere near ready compared to what I am now. All I need to do is go and put a show on on Saturday.

“I’ve done a lot of talking this week and I feel like I’ve expressed myself  fully on what I believe will happen. We’ve just got to do the dance on Saturday. I think David is a strong capable fighter. I believe that I’m a big Welterweight, and I’m strong.

“I’m a very strong Welterweight. Saturday night is going to be a night for everyone to enjoy I think. Now it’s time to quiet down, focus in and get the job done.”

Avanesyan on Kelly

“The first time we were supposed to fight Kelly said ‘no fight’ three hours before the first bell,” said Avanesyan. “It was very difficult for me. You give everything to this sport, all of that hard work and losing the weight. I still don’t understand why. People say that Kelly was feeling unwell, but I saw Kelly in the evening after the weigh-in looking happy and speaking with friends. Everything was good. 

“I’ve been training for this fight for over two years. I hope everything will be okay this time. I will never disrespect any fighter, but let’s just say the events of the past couple of years have made me very angry. The fact I have to spend Christmas away from my family and young child has given me extra motivation, not that any was needed.

“Kelly is a good fighter. He was a good amateur boxer. His professional record is good so far. He’s sharp and fast. I have the experience over him. Now is my time. I need to take the big fights. I’m ready. I’m working with my team to give everything for another World Title. My style is to give everything, take my time and ensure that I get the win. 

“I want to show the fans a good fight. I’ll do my best and give everything to win. After Kelly I need another World Title fight. For now, all of my focus and energy is on my fight on February 20 and defending my European Title. I am here to deal with Kelly once and for all.”

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