Shane Mosley vs David Avanesyan Preview May 28th
Former world champion Shane Mosley of the U.S. will be taking on interim WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan of Russia at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona this Saturday, May 28th. The 12-round bout can be seen live on CBS Sportsnet in North America and on BoxNation in the UK. Mosley’s last bout was in December when he beat Patrick Lopez by a 10th-round TKO. Avanesyan was last in the ring in November when he stopped Charlie Navarro n the ninth round. The winner of this bout is supposed to get a shot at the winner of the contest between WBA World Welterweight Champion Keith Thurman and challenger Shawn Porter, which is being held on June 25th.
Mosley vs Avanesyan Betting Odds
Here are the winner odds from online sportsbook 5dimes.eu
- Shane Mosley +145
- David Avanesyan -165
The 44-year-old Mosley of Lynwood, California took a couple of years off after being stopped in the seventh round by Anthony Mundine in 2013. He came back last year and beat the 41-year-old ex-champ Ricardo Mayorga of Nicaragua before meeting Lopez. He’ll climb through the ring ropes with a record of 49-9-1 with 41 Kos. Mosley has won three of his past four outings, but hasn’t faced an elite boxer in that stretch. At least not one in his prime. He’s also won four of his last five contests by stoppage. He’s still quick and has good power, but there’s no doubt Mosley is a bit past his prime.
The 27-year-old Avanesyan enters the ring with a record of 21-1-1 along with 11 Kos. You may not have heard of him before as he’s been fighting boxers such as Navarro, Dean Byrne and Kaizer Mabuza. Therefore, he’ll be taking a big step up in class by meeting Mosley. The Russian turned pro in 2009 and has fought 148 rounds since then. He stands 5-feet-8-inches tall and has a reach of 68.5 inches. He’s on an eight-fight winning streak and took the interim belt from the 36-year-old Navarro. Avanesyan has good speed, but he’s not known as a knockout artist as his knockout ratio is currently at 48 per cent. He’s a pretty good body puncher and likes to throw combinations rather than one shot at a time. His loss came to Andrey Klimov by six-round unanimous decision in his second pro fight and he fought to a 12-round draw with Aslanbek Kozaev in 2013.
Mosley’s a former world champion in several weight classes and is best known for a pair of wins over Oscar De La Hoya. Things started to unravel though after Floyd Mayweather beat him by unanimous decision in May of 2010. As well as losing to Mayweather and Mundine, Mosley also lost 12-round decisions to Manny Pacquiao, Saul Alvarez, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather and two to Winky Wright and Vernon Forrest. He’s also fought to a 12-round draw against Sergio Mora. Mosley also turned pro in 1993 and has 433 rounds under his belt. He’s just over 5-feet-8-inches tall and has a 71-inch reach. Mosley’s knockout ratio stands at 68 per cent.
Mosley’s one of the best boxers of his era, but has been in a downward spiral since 2010. He’s got a ton of experience as well as power, but it’s hard to tell just how much he’s slipped since he hasn’t really been tested since coming back last year. He also has a good chin and that will help him. Avanesyan has never fought in the U.S. before and there’s not a lot known about him other than his age and lack of quality opposition. If Mosley is a shot fighter then he loses, but if he still has most of his skills he should be able to take a decision here.
Very close to call, but Mosley should have enough left in the tank.
Play: Mosley +145 @ 5dimes.eu
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