January 30, 2023

Through Chris Williams: David Avanesyan says he will “shock the world” on Saturday night by defeating undefeated WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in their fight on December 10 on BLT Prime pay-per-view at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

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A defeat for Crawford would be catastrophic for his 14-year professional career, and his plans for lucrative fights against Errol Spence Jr and Jermell Charlo. Even if Crawford were to avenge the loss to Avanesyan, it would take him ages to work his way back to where he is today, and the way he would accomplish that is through young lions Jaron “Boots” Ennis, Vergil Ortiz Jr. and Rashid Ellis.

Losing to Avanesyan would mean Crawford would have to waste one of his few remaining fights on a rematch, and of course he wouldn’t be certain to win.

If Avanesyan beats 35-year-old Craword once, chances are he can do it again. It would be a case of age and inactivity if they caught up with the Omaha, Nebraska native.

For hard-core boxing fans who have had doubts about Crawford since he moved to the 147-lb division in 2018, they would see it as a situation where he was finally discovered after fighting six mediocre welterweights in the past four years.

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What the casual fans don’t know is that promoters do a great job of making their fighters look better than they are by the way they match them against weak opposition to avoid being exposed.

Crawford can do it all smoke & mirrors. He’s been lucky enough to be matched with extreme care by Top Rank until he decided to go his own way, and yet he still chooses not to fight elite-level opposition.

Avanesyan (29-3-1, 17 KOs) says he had a “great fight” and sees himself winning “decisively” against 35-year-old Crawford (38-0, 29 KOs), who has a long

“I’m very focused and have been strictly on Avanesyan since day one,” Terence Crawford said at the closing press conference on Thursday. “We know what he has to offer, but we are going to take it to the next level. This Saturday we will be victorious and have a lot of fun with it.”

“I really can’t look too much at who [Avanesyan] fought and how they fought each other.

“When [Avanesyan] and I match, we’ll make our adjustments on the fly, and we’re going to do what we do best, which is shine,” said Crawford.

“I’m not just here to win this fight decisively, but to shock the world,” said Avanesyan. “Come Sunday morning, the news will spread that I raised the belt and shocked the world.”

Crawford wants Spence or Jermell Charlo next

‘It’s real. Once he takes 147 the way he wants, 154 is next,” Crawford’s trainer Brian ‘BoMac’ McIntyre told Fight Hub TV of a possible direction for Terence Crawford as he defeats Avanesyan and IBF/WBA/WBC welterweight champion Errol Spence Jr. beats.

“That is a really competitive fight. He’s also a powerhouse,” BoMac said of Crawford to undisputed junior champion Jermell Charlo. “She [Jermell & Spence] fighting pretty much the same, sort of. You can tell they have the same trainer.

“Probably when he retires,” BoMac said of boxing fans finally giving Crawford credit for his greatness. “Man, I miss Terence. I want to see Terence fight again.”

“Well, you should have thought of that when you criticized him while he was fighting. Now he’s retired and off into the sunset.’ He’s cool with it [criticism]. He hears it all the time. It never fails,” BoMac said of the criticism Crawford receives from fans.

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