Trainer Carl Greaves speaks on David Avanesyan’s frustration after fight with Josh Kelly falls through amid coronavirus fear
David Avanesyan’s fight with Josh Kelly has fallen through for the second time in three years.
The 31-year-old Russian-born boxer, who is trained out of Newark by Carl Greaves, was set to face off with former Olympian Josh Kelly on Saturday, but the defence of his European (EBU) welterweight title has rightly fallen foul to the coronavirus.
Avanesyan, who agreed public safety was the most important factor, still had his frustrations though, given a bout with the unbeaten Brit also fell through days before fight night in 2018.
“He was really down about it — he was gutted,” said Greaves. “He said that his fights against Kelly were cursed, and he might be right. I don’t think we are going to get a date for this fight for a while.”
The defence was set to take place at The O2 in London, live on Sky Sports as part of a card promoted by Matchroom Boxing.
“I don’t want to go on about money, because everybody’s health is more important, but it is going to have a big effect on a lot of people, including myself,” said Greaves.
“Obviously it is not Kelly’s fault this time, and I know I am bringing money up again, but it has cost us thousands of pounds to put this camp on.
“Not just that, but David had four weeks with me, four weeks back home, and then we had two weeks to go before it was called off.
“We had sparring partners paid for and flights were sorted. It is very frustrating.”
Greaves was confident the fight would be set up for a third time though.
He said there would be no motivational issues given how badly his camp wanted to win.
Discussing a potential third fight on Sky Sports, former world champ Kell Brook, who previously sparred with Greaves’ fighter, warned Kelly of Avanesyan’s ability.
He told Sky Sports: “I’ve sparred with the guy and he’s a real handful.
“You can give him some big licks but he keeps coming and he adjusts.
“He’s a gatekeeper to see exactly where you (Kelly) are. And he’s got better.”
Avanesyan said: “We saw that all of the mass events in the world of sports were also being cancelled, but this does not take away the regret that I feel, because I gave a lot of strength and energy to this important preparation for myself.”
“The safety and health of people is the most important factor in any business.”