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Carl Greaves has his work cut out as his boxers get ready for big fights


By Connor Thompson


Carl Greaves is clocking up the miles as he prepares his stable of boxers for big fights in the coming weeks.

Greaves, of Newark, has been taking Dec Spelman and Russian-born David Avanesyan around the country for sparring in the build up to their make or break fights.

Spelman defends his English light-heavyweight title against Shakan Pitters in front of the BT Sport cameras on Saturday, September 14.

DAVID AVANESYAN (left) Stan Stannard and Dec Spelman (right) training in Newark.
DAVID AVANESYAN (left) Stan Stannard and Dec Spelman (right) training in Newark.

Two weeks later, Greaves is in Bilbao with Avanesyan as he puts his European welterweight title on the line against Kerman Lejarraga.

Avanesyan took the title off Lejarraga in March and Greaves hopes victory in the rematch will boost his fighter’s chances of another world-title shot.

Avanesyan is a former WBA champion and Greaves said: “The plan is to beat Lejarraga, then get a world-title eliminator.”

As if September wasn’t busy enough for Greaves, he also promotes in Grantham on Saturday, September 21.

Newark’s Nina Bradley features on the bill and Greaves will also showcase several of his young prospects, including unbeatens Callum Blockely, Ellis Machin and flyweight Benn Norman.

Stan Stannard is expected to bring around 250 fans with him from Harby, near Melton Mowbray for his debut.

Greaves said he is excited about his stable of fighters.

“I’ve got high hopes for Levi Giles and Luke Fisher,” he said.

“I’ve got a British champion (Sam Bowen) and a European champion in my stable at the moment and I’m sure I’ve got a few more future champions coming through.”



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