David Avanesyan vs Oskari Metz Preview March 19th, 2022
Former WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan of Russia will be defending his European Welterweight Title against unbeaten Oskari Metz of Helsinki, Finland at Wembley Arena in London this Saturday, March 19th. The 12-round bout can be seen live in the UK and Ireland on BT Sport 3. Avanesyan stopped Liam Taylor in the second round in his last fight in October while Metz beat Emanuele Cavallucci by an eighth-round unanimous decision in August.
Avanesyan vs Metz Betting Odds
- Oskari Metz +1200
- David Avanesyan -3300
The 33-year-old Avanesyan fights out of the UK and enters the ring with a record of 28-3-1 with 16 Kos. He turned pro in 2009 and has fought 203 rounds since. He stands 5-feet-8-inches tall and has a reach of 68.5 inches. Avanesyan won the interim WBA belt against Charlie Navarro by unanimous decision in 2015 and then defended it against Shane Mosley by unanimous decision before losing it to Lamont Peterson by unanimous decision in his next outing.
After losing to Peterson he was stopped in the sixth round in 2018 by Egidijus Kavaliauskas in a shot at the NABF Welterweight Crown. Since turning pro he’s also won the Russia Welterweight, interim WBC Youth Intercontinental, WBC Asian Boxing Council and WBC Baltic Welterweight Title. Avanesyan won the European title by stopping Kerman Lejerraga in the ninth round in 2019 and has defended it four times, including a first-round stoppage of Lejerraga in their rematch six months later and a sixth-round stoppage of Josh Kelly last year. .
Avanesyan has good speed, but he’s not known as a heavy hitter as his knockout ratio currently stands at 50 per cent. However, he’s a pretty good body puncher who likes to throw solid combinations rather than one shot at a time. His first loss came at the hands of Andrey Klimov by a six-round unanimous decision in his second pro fight in 2009 and he fought to a 12-round draw with Aslanbek Kozaev in 2013.
The 30-year-old Metz carries around a perfect mark of 15-0 with 5 Kos and has 71 rounds of experience under his belt since making his pro debut in 2016. His height and reach are unlisted so unfortunately we can’t compare him size-wise to Avanesyan. Metz doesn’t have much in the way of power at all with a current knockout ratio of just 33.3 per cent.
Metz has yet to face a legitimate top-10 contender and will be taking a huge step up in class against Avanesyan this weekend. In fact, just six of his 15 opponents so far have entered the ring with winning records. However, as boxing fans may have noticed lately that upsets can happen at anytime as no opponent can be underestimated.
Metz is basically an unknown to most fans even in his homeland as Finland certainly isn’t a hotbed for boxing. Still, give him credit as he’s beaten everybody he’s faced. Avanesyan is very aggressive in the ring and has underrated power. He aims to hurt people with just about every punch he throws and I’m expecting him to simply be too powerful for Metz.
Avanesyan is certainly a class above Metz at the moment.
Play: Avanesyan -3300 @ BetOnline.ag
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