Terence Crawford vs David Avanesyan Preview December 10th, 2022
Unbeaten WBO Welterweight Champion Terence Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska will be defending the title for the sixth time when he takes on former WBA Welterweight Champion David Avanesyan of Russia this Saturday, December 10th. The 12-round bout from Crawford’s hometown can be seen live on Pay-per-view in North America and the UK. Crawford last fought in November, 2021 when he halted Shawn Porter in the 10th round while Avanesyan stopped Oskari Metz in 120 seconds in his last outing in March to retain his European Welterweight Title.
Crawford vs Avanesyan Betting Odds
- David Avanesyan +700
- Terence Crawford -1250
The 35-year-old Crawford enters the fight as a three-division world champ with a perfect record of 38-0 with 29 Ko’s. The former lightweight and super lightweight champion possesses excellent foot and hand speed and better-than-average power with a current knockout ratio of 76.3 per cent. He’s an accurate puncher who often changes from the orthodox to southpaw stance and owns a solid chin, but sometimes gets off to a slow start.
Basically, Crawford is the total package and is considered as one boxing brightest stars and pound-for-pound fighters. He stands 5-feet-8-inches tall with a 74-inch reach and has boxed 218 rounds as a pro since making his debut in 2008 following an excellent amateur career. He owns wins over the likes of Porter, Amir Khan, Jose Benavidez, Jeff Horn, Thomas Dulorme, Raymundo Beltran, Dierry Jean, Hank Lundy, Breidis Prescott, Ricky Burns, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Viktor Postol, John Molina Jr., Felix Diaz and Julius Indongo.
Crawford beat Burns by unanimous decision in 2014 for the WBO Lightweight title and defended it twice. He beat Dulorme by sixth-round stoppage for the vacant WBO Jr. Welterweight title in April, 2015 and defended it five times. Crawford also defended the WBC Jr. Welterweight crown three times after winning it from Postol by unanimous decision in July, 2016. He then became the undisputed champion of the division with 2017’s third-round knockout over Indongo as he added the WBA and IBF belts to his collection.
The 34-year-old Avanesyan fights out of the UK and enters the ring with a record of 29-3-1 with 17 Ko’s and has boxed 204 rounds since turning pro in 2009. 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. 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.
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.
These include a first-round stoppage of Lejerraga in their rematch six months later, a sixth-round stoppage of Josh Kelly in 2021 and a second-round TKO over Liam Taylor last year. In fact, he’s won his last six fights and all by stoppage. Avanesyan has good speed, but he’s not known as a heavy hitter overall as knockout ratio currently stands at 51.5 per cent. He’s a pretty good body puncher who likes to throw solid combinations rather than one shot at a time. Avanesyan stands 5-feet-8-inches tall with a 68.5-inch reach so gives up 5.5-inches in reach to Crawford.
As mentioned, Crawford’s sometimes a slow starter and that could see him lose some early rounds due to Avanesyan’s aggressive style. However, Avanesyan could get caught early if he leaves himself open. Crawford has the edge in both power and the ability to take a punch as he’s an elite boxer but Avanesyan’s on a bit of a roll right now and he could be a hand full for the champ. I think if Avanesyan’s at his best he might surprise a few people on Saturday night but I’m expecting Crawford to come out on top.
Crawford’s power and boxing skills should be the difference.
Play: Crawford -1250 @ BetOnline.ag
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