Carl Greaves believes David Avanesyan is ready for welterweight bout with Sunderland's Josh Kelly
Russian boxer David Avanesyan will go head-to-head with Sunderland’s Josh Kelly live on Sky Sports on Saturday night.
Fighting on the Kell Brook undercard, in the FLYDSA Arena, Sheffield, the welterweight fighter has been training with Newark’s boxing coach and promoter, Carl Greaves.
The unlikely pairing found success in 2015 as Greaves helped the 30-year-old win the interim WBA world welterweight title.
Avanesyan heads into Saturday’s card on the back of a defeat, having lost to Egidijus Kavaliauskas for the NABF title in February, but Greaves is confident his fighter can leave Sheffield with a win.
“(Josh) Kelly is a great fighter,” he said. “He’s a former Olympian, so we know it will be tough.
“But I think he’s still early in his career and I believe it could be a fight too early for Josh.
“We have been working hard on all aspects.
“We have been in the gym, out on the new YMCA running track and we are prepared.
“I’m very confident. David (Avanesyan) has been in with the likes of (Lamont) Peterson and (Shane) Mosley. He knows he’s ready.”
Kelly goes into the fight off the back of a first round win against Walter Fabian Castillo and claims this fight is the next step in his career.
“I’m finished at this sort of level, I want to test myself,” said Kelly.
Avanesyan (23-3-1) will attend the pre-fight press conference later today at the FLYDSA Arena, before weighing in tomorrow.